August 15, 2007

matthews-petraeus.jpg Yea, I know...but at least he's getting out this important truth. Petraeus is not writing the all important September/Iraq report that is supposed to give an honest assessment of the war and not a propaganda document vetted by Bush. Will the rest of the media follow? Not so far....And he throws in Cheney's '94 statements telling us why toppling Saddam was not a viable option...

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Tweety: Is the White House going to pull a Lucy again?  With the football trick, all over again?  For months President Bush has been asking us to wait for a report from General Petraeus.  How many times have we heard that phrase?  "Wait for the report from General Petraeus."   Now we learn that the White House is going to write that report - the White House - and that the General will testify publicly before Congress only after the report's been written by Bush's people.  Is this a sign of something we've seen before, is the Bush Administration going to politicize that critical September report instead of letting the General deliver a full and honest raw assessment to the American people?  It looks like it.  Also tonight on our political headlines, wise words from a strange mouth, wait til you catch this -- in 1994 Dick Cheney of all people said going into Baghdad would be a bad idea.

Cheney: If we had gone to Baghdad, we would have been all alone, there wouldn't have been anybody else with us, it would have been a US occupation of Iraq.  None of the Arab forces who were willing to fight with us in Kuwait were willing to invade in Iraq.  Once you got into Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein's government, then what are you going to put in its place?

Tweety: Good question, Dick.  Anyway, that was Cheney, by the way, back when he knew what was going on.  And the question now is, that guy had led this president into doing exactly what he said would be a bad idea.  Dick Cheney -- remember those words.

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