Hardball: General Petraeus Doesn't Know If The Mission In Iraq Makes America Safer

hardball-shuster-petraeus.jpg General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker appeared in front of the Senate Armed Services committee to give testimony on the U.S. mission in Iraq and President Bush's surge and as Hardball host Chris Matthews put it, ran into a bi-partisan buzz saw. MSNBC's David Shuster runs down today's testimony, including Republican Senator Chuck Hagel's passionate statements and an exchange between Petraeus and Senator John Warner (R-VA) which produced this stunning statement which sums up President Bush's catastrophic failures in Iraq from beginning to end:

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Warner: "Does that make America safer?"

Petraeus: "Sir, I-I don't know, actually. I have not sat down and sorted out in my own mind, uh-what I have focused on and been riveted on is how to accomplish the mission of the Multi-National Force Iraq."

As David Shuster points out near the end of the clip, President Bush will have a hard time combating this statement during his speech later this week, as he's expected to quote the general frequently. Four years into this pointless occupation, America should be outraged and disgusted that this is the best answer we can get from our leaders.

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