Gore for the Nobel? How about Petraeus?

We're pretty sure they're not joking.

Published October 11, 2007 7:57PM (EDT)

Wistful Democrats are hoping to hear Al Gore's name when the Nobel Peace Prize is announced Friday, but Think Progress finds the New York Sun with a somewhat different yearning.

The Sun's candidate? Gen. David Petraeus.

The Sun says that Petraeus has "breasted an extraordinary amount of obloquy" -- hello, thesaurus.com! -- and that by honoring him, the Nobel committee could "underscore the point that however controversial our policies may be, the world recognizes -- and we haven't the slightest doubt that it does -- the risks that our GIs, and their generals, take for all of us."

The Sun seems to realize that the general is a long shot, but not because he's prosecuting a needless war that has left tens of thousands of people dead. No, the Sun says, the odds are long for Petraeus because unlike most recent Peace Prize recipients, he "doesn't seem to hate President Bush."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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