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August 18, 2007

Dems Discredit Iraq Report Before It Appears

Dems Discredit Iraq Report Before It Appears

Democrats are questioning the truthfulness of an upcoming report from Gen. David Petraeus on the progress of President Bush's troop-surge strategy in Iraq.

"For a long time the Administration has hidden behind the name of General David Petraeus, saying the September report will be his. We all knew this would be the President's report," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a news release on Thursday.

Pelosi was reacting to press reports that the Bush administration plans to write the Petraeus report itself -- and may restrict Petraeus's testimony before Congress to a closed session.

A column in Thursday's Washington Post called the Petraeus report, due out Sept. 15, "a White House con job in the making."

And the Los Angeles Times noted on Wednesday, "Despite Bush's repeated statements that the report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs from officials throughout the government."

Democrats, always skeptical of the administration's war claims, urged the White House to butt out.

"We must remember that the purpose of the surge was to create a secure environment in which political change could occur. Whether or not some limited military success has occurred, it is clear that the Iraqi leaders have failed to make political progress," Pelosi said.
"The question for September is: 'Why should our troops risk their lives in a civil war when the Iraqi government refuses to take the political steps necessary to end the sectarian violence?' We must have a candid assessment of the ongoing situation in Iraq and it is increasingly unclear whether the September report will provide that."

There's a lot riding on the Petraeus report for both sides.

Anti-war Democrats who have been pressing for a U.S. troop withdrawal for months are not expected to change their minds, although a positive assessment from Gen. Petraeus might undermine their position for a quick troop withdrawal.

On the other hand, a negative assessment from Gen. Petraeus might undercut the Bush administration's arguments that a continuing U.S. troop presence is critical to achieving a stable, democratic Iraq.

Wild Thing's comment........

Let me get this straight: the Democrats are questioning the truthfulness of a report that has not yet been made because they are afraid it will be good news and they need it to be bad news. Therefore, they are trashing the credibility of this non-existent report so that they can insulate themselves from the consequences of having invested themselves in failure, while at the same time they can deny that we are succeeding. Do I have that right? And these people wonder why Americans don’t trust them with our national security.

The Democrats have backed themselves into a corner: if the war goes well, Bush (and the Republicans) get the credit and they look like craven losers; if the war goes poorly, they are guilty of undercutting the American forces by propagandizing for the enemy. Either way, they are eventually going to pay - and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.

I would put nothing paste Pelosi, who knows she may even be gettig money from the al-quada somehow. I know that sounds a little far out but I keep thinking of ..........

Clinton’s accepted contributions from China and terrorists that they pardoned to help fund Hillary’s run for the Senate. And Teddy Kennedy sold out Reagan to the KGB.

Even if every Iraqi joined the boy (or girl) scouts and became model citizens the Dems would still be saying it’s a disaster.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 18, 2007 12:47 AM


Afraid of al-Qaeda assassins? Fearful of 300 billion nut case Mooslim terrorists?
ENROLL today to be trained as a Democrat Politian. Be a "yes" man to enemies of our country. Protect yourself and your family by selling out. BUT WAIT!!!! If you act now, you can be a part of "Adopt A Terrorist". Join Pelosi and Reid as a supportive Foster Family.

Posted by: Steve Gaston at August 18, 2007 07:24 AM

The dummycraps will do anything to discredit the President--it's not the report, really--it's Bush.
He stole the elections, you know.
They hate him so much that they don't want him re elected. Hey, you idiots, he can't run again, duh!
But also, the front runners have nothing to give to America, so trashing the President is the best they can do.
They haven't said one thing about they will fix any problems we have here except to tax the daylights out of the middle class, so they can keep America dependent on the government for their livlihood. Keep us down the gutter with our hands outstretched, like Oliver Twist, "Please sir, I'd like some more."
Think--do you want to be able to control your own future or let some bureaucrat in Washington tell you what your future holds?
Which political party is more compassionate? One that keeps you down and under control of the government or one that tells you that it's your money, keep it and do what you want with it?

Posted by: Lynn at August 18, 2007 07:48 AM

We all knew this would be the President's report," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a news release on Thursday.

What a lying piece of trash. She knows darn well the law states that the White House will submit the report. The law was written by Congress and as Speaker of the House, she knows it's the presidents report because, after all, he's the Commander-in-Chief.

Posted by: BobF at August 18, 2007 08:57 AM

Steve, good one!! That is exactly what they are doing.
the terrorist would line them up in those video's kneeling in front of them before beheading them just as much as they want to with us. How stupid they are to even think the terrorist do not want to kill us all, every last one of us.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 18, 2007 09:51 AM

Lynn I agree, I don't think I ever remember hate like this. I can't imagine this kind of hate, living it, breathing it the whole thing but that is what they are like.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 18, 2007 09:53 AM

Bob, exactly and what a vicious put down to the General.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 18, 2007 09:54 AM

Since the report will come from Bush rather than Patraeus . I condemn it too

Posted by: Earle8244 at August 18, 2007 05:12 PM

"Since the report will come from Bush rather than Patraeus . I condemn it too"

If the report came directly from Patraeus you would condemn it too. Nothing new. al Qaeda thanks you and the Democrats for your continued support.

Posted by: Les at August 18, 2007 07:47 PM

Earle8244, you sound like a fan of the terrorists to me.

And Les is right in what he told you in his comment.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 18, 2007 11:50 PM

Les, thank you, your right!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 18, 2007 11:50 PM

Earle8244, who do you think is going to submit the report to the President? Fool, Generals report to the President, not Congress. It's called Chain of Command. When Patraeus addresses Congress, he does so with the approval of the President. People like you make me sick. You let your butt do your talking long before your brain is engaged. Get a clue, Jerk.

Posted by: BobF at August 19, 2007 11:24 PM