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Here's what some folks are sayimg about General Petraeus' appearance before Congress:
Ray McGovern, a good one to read:
"Swear Him In"
That's all I said in the unusual silence on Monday afternoon as first aid was being administered to Gen. David Petraeus's microphone before he spoke before the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees.
It had dawned on me when House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Missouri) invited Gen. Petraeus to make his presentation, Skelton forgot to ask him to take the customary oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I had no idea my suggestion would be enough to get me thrown out of he hearing.
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Bottom line: The public appears to have decided that Petraeus won't tell them the truth about Iraq, that they want out of Iraq no matter what he says, and that the President won't change course in the wake of his testimony. Clever public.
Like it matters what us pissants think.
Let’s frame this in a way
That’s easy to remember:
What the general means is
Spring is the new September.
The next six months in Iraq are crucial -- and always will be. [...]
That's pretty much it. Petraeus is selling a product he has a stake in, and doing a damn good job of it. He will get Bush And His Iraq Clusterfuck another Friedman Unit per his orders to that effect, and, oh yeah, Super-Size it. FUs are getting longer so they don't have to do this song and dance every six months. Once more oughta do it for Bush's term.
The concern that comes to mind is this: as these reports get rosier and rosier, what if Bush thinks that he's the only one who can
We're in Iraq full force until at least 1/09. Period. The best we can hope for is that Bush and Cheney die before then.