Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Utter Uselessness of the Petraeus Report

The American Prospect

If you think the White House-penned report on Iraq will be anything other than a validation of "the surge" and the Bush administration's larger strategy, you haven't been paying attention.

Just a few weeks from now, the most eagerly anticipated premier of the year will finally be here, complete with fierce disagreement among the critics and relentless hype by the producers, cameras furiously clicking when the starring players emerge in public. That premier is the report coming in mid-September from U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and, more importantly, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of American forces there. If you're expecting a surprise ending, you shouldn't hold your breath.......

Not that they're taking any chances. Last week the Los Angeles Times reported, "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." Well knock me over with a feather. The Bush White House, exercising an iron grip over the message delivered by people who are supposed to offer their assessments based on their professional knowledge and an objective reality?......

1 comment:

Schuyler Thorpe said...

Give me a fucking break! lol

I have a HARD TIME as it is--keeping a straight face when Bush goes on camera and spouts off his little fantasy "wonder years" spiels.

You expect me to sit there on September 11th and listen to this Grade A moron tell me how "swell" things are going in Iraq?