James Forsyth

Man of the Year

Man of the Year
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Time magazine are inviting people to vote for their person of the year. The shortlist is

Al Gore

Hillary Clinton

Hu Jintao

Steve Jobs

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Barack Obama

General Petraeus

Vladimir Putin

Condoleezza Rice

JK Rowling.

To my mind, it has to be Petraeus. At the beginning of this year, Iraq looked like a lost cause but now thanks to his strategy there are real grounds for optimism. When you think of the consequences of failure—an emboldened Iran, a weakened America, a base for terrorists in the heart of the Middle East, the real risk of a region-wide sectarian war—you realise what a difference Petraeus has made.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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