August 15, 2007

petraeus-bush.jpg Enough already. Why are the bloggers always so far ahead of our media? We all knew Petraeus was going to report exactly what the White House wants him too. Bush is his boss...I wonder why the LA Times buried this damning piece of news in the body of their story?...Anyway, Countdown explores the fallacy of the Petraeus  White House report. Check out how many times the Sainted One is mentioned in the begining of the video before Craig Crawford comes on. It's propaganda time in August and  Fred Hiatt keeps his end of the bargain.

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How many times has Bush and the Republicans used Petraeus for cover? BarbinMD has some listed...

via is what they had to say when they filibustered the Defense Authorization Bill last month:

Senate Minority Leader McConnell:

Let me remind the Senate of what we agreed to...We voted, and put into law, that General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker would report in September on progress. The benchmarks report and the timeline we set in May was clear. It gave us, the troops, and our allies, clarity on what was expected.

Senator McCain:

The war will be discussed in September again—we all know that—when General Petraeus is ready to report to the Senate...General Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will come to Washington in September to report on the status of their efforts and those of the Iraqis.

Senator Sessions:  

To press the point further, I strongly believe that whatever the inclinations of Senators on the conduct of the war in Iraq, to change our strategy now before we even hear from General Petraeus in September would be a colossal blunder for a host of reasons. To do so would be unthinkable...I am anxious to hear General Petraeus’s report.

Senator Coleman:  

Fifty-four days ago we sent a message to General Petraeus: Go forth with the surge, and then come back and report to us.

Senator Chambliss:  

I have never been more convinced that waiting for General Petraeus’s report in September was more right than yesterday afternoon...

Senator Craig:  

That’s why when we confirmed General Petraeus unanimously in the Senate, we said to him very clearly, you go to Iraq in relation to a surge that is being implemented and you come back to us and give us your honest and fair assesement in September.

Senator Cornyn:

But the fact is, Gen. David Petraeus...will come back and report to us in September.

Senator DeMint:

The Democrats agreed on that funding, but they requested that we have a report from General Petraeus in the middle of September to find out what progress we were making. We all agreed to that.

Senator Bunning  

I promised in person, in my office, to General Petraeus, that I would wait to hear his report this fall.

And of course I couldn't leave out everyone's favorite Republican:

Senator Lieberman

In fact, this amendment should not even be considered now...Because in that bill we required General Petraeus, along with our Ambassador to Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, to come back in September and report to us...I made a personal pledge to him. I am going to give him and the troops a fair chance, which this amendment would deprive him of, and I am going to give him until September to come back and tell me how it is going.

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