Monday, December 31, 2007

UK's Man of the Year

The London Telegraph names an American, General David Petraeus as its top pick:

He has been the man behind the US troop surge over the past 10 months, the last-ditch effort to end Iraq's escalating civil war by putting an extra 28,000 American troops on the ground.

So far, it has achieved what many feared was impossible. Sectarian killings are down. Al-Qaeda is on the run. And the two million Iraqis who fled the country are slowly returning. Progress in Iraq is relative - 538 civilians died last month. But compared with the 3,000 peak of December last year, it offers at least a glimmer of hope.

This is an interesting endorsement, since he was overlooked by some of his own countrymen. But even this monumental achievement wasn't enough to rate this blog's Man of the Year. Stay tuned...