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Petraeus Betrayed the American People With Lies

Looks like Bush and his sockpuppet Petraeus are pretty much standing alone.

The view of the way forward in Iraq that President Bush articulated on Thursday night was the same one that Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, has outlined in Washington all week.

It holds that the military effort there is showing signs of success, that too fast a withdrawal would be foolhardy, and that while the future will be difficult and full of setbacks, it is possible to envision that the American strategy will pay off in the future.

But that vision [...] remains deeply unpopular to some current and retired officers, who say the White House and its battlefield commander are continuing to strain the troops, with little prospect of long-term success.

It is the second time in 10 months that Mr. Bush has opted for higher troop levels in Iraq than are favored by some of his senior military advisers. Among those who supported a smaller troop increase than the one Mr. Bush ordered last January were members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Now, some of his advisers would prefer setting a faster timetable for drawing the force back down.

Some even suggest that Mr. Bush's portrayal of the strategy as relying heavily on recommendations from General Petraeus has been more than a little disingenuous, given that it was unlikely that a battlefield commander would repudiate his own plans.

"This approach can work for brief periods in many places, but it's not a good long-term solution," said Douglas A. Macgregor, a retired Army colonel and a critic of the Bush administration's handling of Iraq. He called General Petraeus's testimony "another deceitful attempt on the part of the generals and their political masters to extend our stay in the country long enough until Bush leaves office."

Deceit? Disingenuous? Polite words for lying, and that's exactly what the White House and General Betray Us are doing -- lying to the American people.

From a post here on Wizbang Blue a few days ago:

NEWSWEEK has learned that a separate internal report being prepared by a Pentagon working group will "differ substantially" from Petraeus's recommendations, according to an official who is privy to the ongoing discussions but would speak about them only on condition of anonymity. An early version of the report, which is currently being drafted and is expected to be completed by the beginning of next year, will "recommend a very rapid reduction in American forces: as much as two-thirds of the existing force very quickly, while keeping the remainder there." The strategy will involve unwinding the still large U.S. presence in big forward operation bases and putting smaller teams in outposts. [...]

John Arquilla, an intelligence and counterinsurgency expert at the Naval Postgraduate School, is even harsher in his assessment of Petraeus. "I think Colin Powell used dodgy information to get us into the war, and Petraeus is using dodgy information to keep us there," he said."

Lies, lies lies. The craphead Republicans are lying to us again. This has gone on for far too long.

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Comments (3)


lee, who is this Col. Douglas A. Macgregor, and why should we believe him over Patraeus? how do we know he isn't being deceitful with his critism?

question for you about the accusation of Patraeus lying. what, exactly, did he say that was a lie?

i get it, you don't want us in Iraq. You want to pull all of the troops home now. You want to abandon the Middle East. That's fine. You can feel that way. You can believe that is the best course if you want.

But just believing it, doesn't make it right.

Do you have any idea what will happen if we pull out of the Iraq or the ME? Of course you don't. Nobody really knows for sure what will happen. However, if you look at history, and how nations and political/ethnic/religious communities have acted it the past, there is every reason to believe that things will get much worse. For everybody.

I honestly think that the best course for the US is to do everything that we can to make Iraq a successful, stable nation. Yes, it will be hard. The cost may be high, both in lives and money that could be spent else where. But, if, 10 years from now we have a stable Iraq that is our ally, that the ambitions of Iran and Syria are contained, that there is one less nation where the oppressed people feel that their only way out is to jihad?

That is my biggest fault with the anti-war left, and the pull out now crowd. I've never seen a serious discussion of what the effects will be from the left. I keep hearing phrases like "increased diplomacy". But what does that really mean? And what do we have to offer Iran, that it wants? And that we would be willing to give them?


"lee, who is this Col. Douglas A. Macgregor, and why should we believe him over Patraeus?-ke_future"

Petreaus is a sock puppet carrying out the Kagan clan's neocon policies.
CFR membership, unwarranted appellation of Strategist even as his incompetence is indulged; it's the Maxwell Taylor dog and pony show all over again.

Here's a koolaid-free milblog take on things.


Steve Crickmore:

Thanks for the blog reference bryanD..Huber anticipates some of the same points that Fred Kaplan makes,

"President Bush's TV address tonight was the worst speech he's ever given on the war in Iraq, and that's saying a lot. Every premise, every proposal, nearly every substantive point was sheer fiction. The only question is whether he was being deceptive or delusional."

It reminded me so much of Nixon's Vietnamization addresses as this one made in November33, 69,

This withdrawal will be made from strength and not from weakness. As South Vietnamese forces become stronger, the rate of American withdrawal can become greater.


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