Monday, July 30, 2007

Ask Yourself Why They'd Lie

A Bogus Story
John B. Dwyer

Yesterday's UK Telegraph carried a
story by Damien McElroy headlined "Iraqi Leader Tells Bush: Get Petraeus Out," in which he alleged that Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki and commander of US forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus had stand-up shouting matches about strategy. McElroy claims that at one meeting, PM Maliki told Gen. Petaeus:

"I can't deal with you anymore. I will ask for someone else to replace you."

Pretty damning stuff - except that it is bogus. Here is what Col. Steven Boylan, chief public affairs officer for Multi-National Force-Iraq told this writer on the record in an e-mail:

"Gen Petraeus and the Prime Minister have never had a stand-up shouting match. This is a totally fabricated story.

Gen Petraeus has never stated or even hinted at a "stormy relationship." Saying that they do not pull punches is very different from stormy. That means they have very frank, open, and perhaps direct conversations and continue to do so. Based on what is at stake here; that is what is needed and it should be expected that both are able to have very open and frank dialogue.

Gen Petraeus and other key staff have sat in on every video teleconference with PM Maliki and President Bush. Those statements have never been even hinted at. In addition, PM Maliki has never said what is quoted in the Telegraph to Gen Petraeus."



Anonymous bobcat said...

And what if it was true? These men aren't at a damn tea party!

8:35 AM  

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