June 16, 2007

FNS-Patraeus-Surge In his first interview on a Sunday talk show, (who could have prediceted he'd go to Fox, first?) Top U.S. Commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus talks to Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" about the progress of the ongoing military surge in Iraq. With the recent revelation that U.S. forces only control 40% of Baghdad, Wallace contends that this operation will take a long-term commitment (see the Korean model) and asks Petraeus if it's time for the government to "square up" with the American public about how long the occupation will last. The General's response lays the groundwork for lowered expectations for the upcoming deadline in September when he is to report to Congress...

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Petraeus: " I think just about everybody out there recognizes that a situation like this with the many, many challenges that Iraq is contending with is not one that's going to be resolved in a year or even two years. In fact, typically - I think historically, counter-insurgency operations have gone at least nine or ten years."

In another portion of the interview, Wallace tries to get the General to respond to Harry Reid's comment that he was "out of touch" with the situation in Baghdad, but he refused to take the bait.

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