Christmas message from General Petraeus

24 December 2009

Many people know that General Petraeus is one of finest Americans ever minted.  To me, General Petraeus is a strategic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  If General Petraeus didn't show up, we likely would have flown our Iraq efforts into a mountain.  We now have a solid chance for success in Afghanistan.

I emailed asking for General Petraeus to say something to our folks for Christmas.  General Petraeus responded with this excellent message:


As you know, our troopers are doing magnificent work in Afghanistan, Iraq, and a host of other places throughout the Central Command area and, indeed, throughout the world.  Many of them will celebrate the holidays while deployed on combat and contingency operations, defending our nation's freedoms far from home and far from loved ones.   They - and their families - have made enormous sacrifices in recent years, in many cases deploying multiple times and enduring long separations from those at home while carrying out important missions in challenging conditions against tough enemies.

As we all remember our many personal blessings this holiday season, we should also take a moment to remember how truly fortunate our country is to have the remarkable men and women of our armed forces who serve so courageously and so selflessly.  They truly are America's new greatest generation.

To our troopers overseas and to those here at home:  thank you for all that you have done to help keep America safe and to protect the values for which generations of Americans have fought in the past.  We are deeply grateful for your extraordinary service in recent years and we are equally thankful for all that we know you will do in the years ahead.  It remains the greatest of privileges to serve with each of you.

Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful holiday season and a great year in 2010.  May God bless our great country and each and every one of you, and may God bless our troopers serving around the world and their families at home.  Thank you very much!

GEN David H. Petraeus
Commander, US Central Command



# DenB 2009-12-24 05:08
To the General......respect.
Walking the halls of power, breaking bread with the powerful, has not distanced you from your troops. Thanks!!

Michael may you have a blessed festive season and eventually a safe return home. May 2010 bring all you wish for yourself.
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# Papa Ray 2009-12-24 21:02
Thank you for your writing and your outlook and opinion and for risking you neck to bring us the truth.

I wish you and yours the best Christmas ever and a safe and happy New Year.

And tell our Warriors that we are proud of them and honor them. My two grandsons who are newly in the fight say that we will prevail, but it would be much easier if they have the trust and backing of the American public.

Papa Ray

Papa Ray
West Texas
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# Brad Bonds 2009-12-24 21:41
The only thing to say, is "Amen."
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# Doug 2009-12-26 07:51
Be safe Michael. One fine day you will return to a grateful nation having earned for yourself a permanent place of honor, along with our Commanding General, in the Pantheon of American Patriots.

Contrast the character of the Commanding General and his pronouncements with those of our Commander in Chief. One begins and ends his day selflessly, as great leaders have always done, with prayer for the safety of his troopers and the welfare of their families. The other dithers endlessly before lurching of into another egregious, self serving policy alternative or statement.
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# Paul S. 2009-12-26 10:09
Our country is truly fortunate to have such an outstanding man, along with those whom he leads, serving us.
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# MCWN 2010-01-05 15:03
Thank you General, and thank you to our dear troops, and thank you M.Y. for letting us know what the former are really up against and are really helping to achieve - All best and a safe and happy 2010
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# lauren di scipio 2010-01-05 19:30
Thank you to the Men and Women who serve our country in the Armed Forces, protecting our freedom and way of life. And thank you also to their loyal, strong families. We are eternally grateful. God Bless all of you.
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# Shirley Mondeaux 2010-01-17 05:55
First I want to thank our troops for their unselfish service to their country and the people who live in the USA. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN! Then a big shout out to the General who leadership I feel safe to trust my children to serve under!

Michael you just took pix of my son-in-law's group of A10s (The Bulldogs). The families really appreciate seeing their loved ones faces and knowing that they are together as a team and have each other's backs!

Thank you for bringing us the truth about what is going on in Irag and Afganistan!

America is getting sick and tired of all the nonsense that Congress is putting the American People through at this time under the leadership of a Commander In Chief that has NO MILITARY SERVICE and except for the experienced military leadership that he has had the good sense to bring to the table, he has surrounded himself with IDIOTS and MORONS and NO TRANSPARENCY s he promised (all of the bills that have been shoved down our throats).

Keep up the good work, the American People are not that stupid and our grassroots groups keep growing and will one day soon kick them all out of office and the freedoms that our troops are fighting so hard for will be restored.
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