Friday, August 17, 2007

Dems Try and Force A 'Lose'

Dems Discredit Iraq Report Before It Appears
By Susan Jones

Democrats are questioning the truthfulness of an upcoming report from Gen. David Petraeus on the progress of President Bush's troop-surge strategy in Iraq.

"For a long time the Administration has hidden behind the name of General David Petraeus, saying the September report will be his. We all knew this would be the President's report," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a news release on Thursday.

Pelosi was reacting to press reports that the Bush administration plans to write the Petraeus report itself -- and may restrict Petraeus's testimony before Congress to a closed session.A column in Thursday's Washington Post called the Petraeus report, due out Sept. 15, "a White House con job in the making."

And the Los Angeles Times noted on Wednesday, "Despite Bush's repeated statements that the report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs from officials throughout the government."

Democrats, always skeptical of the administration's war claims, urged the White House to butt out.

"We must remember that the purpose of the surge was to create a secure environment in which political change could occur. Whether or not some limited military success has occurred, it is clear that the Iraqi leaders have failed to make political progress," Pelosi said.

"The question for September is: 'Why should our troops risk their lives in a civil war when the Iraqi government refuses to take the political steps necessary to end the sectarian violence?' We must have a candid assessment of the ongoing situation in Iraq and it is increasingly unclear whether the September report will provide that."A White House spokesman on Thursday insisted that both Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker would testify before Congress in open as well as closed sessions.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the House Democratic Caucus chairman, on Thursday accused the Bush administration of continuing to spin the facts about Iraq.

"After years of slogans and soundbites, Americans deserve an even-handed assessment of conditions in Iraq," Emanuel said in a message on his Web site.

"Sadly, we will only receive a snapshot from the same people who told us the mission was accomplished and the insurgency was in its last throes. We've spent hundreds of billions of dollars and lost thousands of lives in Iraq. An honest report from our generals and diplomats about the status of the war isn't too much to ask."

There's a lot riding on the Petraeus report for both sides.

Anti-war Democrats who have been pressing for a U.S. troop withdrawal for months are not expected to change their minds, although a positive assessment from Gen. Petraeus might undermine their position for a quick troop withdrawal.

On the other hand, a negative assessment from Gen. Petraeus might undercut the Bush administration's arguments that a continuing U.S. troop presence is critical to achieving a stable, democratic Iraq.

In July, President Bush's National Security Council said the mid-September progress report from General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker would provide a "comprehensive assessment of the situation in Iraq, including an assessment of the 18 benchmarks" set by Congress.
"This assessment will provide a clearer picture of how the new [troop surge] strategy is unfolding, and what if any adjustments should be made," the interim progress report said.
President Bush has said all along that the U.S. "can and must" succeed in Iraq.

"When we start drawing down our forces in Iraq, it will be because our military commanders say the conditions on the ground are right, not because pollsters say it will be good politics," President Bush said in July. "The [troop surge] strategy I announced in January is designed to seize the initiative and create those conditions."


Anonymous bobcat said...

Shit, Donal, they're doing everything they can to ruin everything!

8:42 AM  
Anonymous tom said...

yes... and they'll do it, too, just to try and blame it on the president.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous tom said...

p.s. don;t they know that everyone will know that it's really them all along? they've been trying to bring down america since the sixties.

we know this.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Les Ismore said...

Well, you gotta wonder about it. Bush has been saying all along how it is Petraeus and Crockers report. Now they are saying that WH will write it with input from various government sources. Funny, when Cheney started saying what he thought was going to be in it he was speaking from first hand knowledge.

12:05 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Les, if one person said they'd wrote it, you'd say it was a 'cherry picked' opinion. Either way, you all would gripe--that was the point of the article--and that's what your post proves out.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

You nailed him, Donal. Bush would be attacked no matter what the report said or how it was delivered. Les once again proves to the be typical mindless leftist, attacking something without reading it, condemning it to ignominy on the basis of his stereotypes of the people involved. Here's a clue for you, Mr. grad school: wait until you see the report before drawing conclusions about it.

I swear. Is Les the stupidest person to graduate from grad school ever or what?

2:20 PM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

IF you believe he HAS graduated from grad school...

5:33 PM  

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