For nominees for the First Annual People Who Really Mattered List. As noted a couple of days ago. Time magazine's list of "People Who Mattered" includes folks like racist rapper Kanye West, New Orleans Mayor "Schoolbus" Ray Nagin, and of course, Mother Sheehan.
I'm convinced the blogosphere can produce a list of people that actually made a difference in 2005, and started the ball rolling with two nominees: Army Lt Gen David Petraeus, who successfully turned around the training program for Iraqi security forces (paving the way for a U.S. drawdown in 2006), and another Army officer, Lt Col Erik Kurilla. Lt Col Kurilla commanded the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment (Deuce Four) during the hard fighting in Mosul earlier this year, and played an instrumental role in defeating the terrorists who were trying to take control of that city.
As a third nominee, several readers have suggested independent journalist/blogger Michael Yon, whose vivid dispatches from Iraq set the standard for combat coverage in the War on Terror. More remarkably, Mr. Yon is doing it on his own dime, relying heavily on reader contributions to fund his extended trips to Iraq. For providing the "ground truth" from Iraq, Michael Yon is indeed, someone who really mattered in 2005.
Provide other nominess in the comments section, or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org My final list will be published at year's end.