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The Petraeus Report

Over the next few weeks you will hear a lot from the mainstream media about General David Petraeus. On September 15, he is set to release his report concerning the ground operations in Iraq. Petraeus is already hinting that his report will contain a recommendation that troop levels be decreased by as early as next summer!

By all accounts, Petraeus is expected to report that operations in Iraq are succeeding, and that the surge is indeed working! Good news, wouldn’t you say?

Unless, of course, you’re a Democrat. After all, Democrat House Majority Whip, James Clyburn has been quoted as saying that a positive report from General Petraeus would be:


“a real big problem for us.”

But, never fear, Democrats. The media will always have your back. They are already setting the stage to discredit Petraeus’ report.

Matt Lauer on the Today Show attempted to claim that Petraeus’ report wasn’t really significant.

CNN has released a badly-flawed poll, which attempts to report that a majority of Americans already distrust the contents of the report.

The Washington Post and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews have both tried to paint General Petraeus’ report as nothing more than talking points issued by the White House.

Yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews said:


Is the White House going to pull a Lucy again with the football trick all over again? For months, President Bush has been asking us to wait for a report from General Petraeus. How many times did we hear that phrase, Wait for the report from General Petraeus? Now we learn that the White House is going to write the report - the White House! - and that the general will testify publicly before Congress only after the report has been written by Bush‘s people

We have got the president over and over and over again saying don‘t believe me, believe this guy Petraeus. And now we‘re told he‘s going to be Cyrano de Bergerac to Petraeus. He‘s going to write it for him?

Actually, it is true. The White House will, in fact, be writing the report which is to be submitted to Congress. But, before you get your underwear in a bunch, and start screaming “Bush lied! People died!,” calm down and take a deep breath.

Why, oh why, would Bush do something like this? Why would he take it upon himself to write this report for Petraeus, and submit it to Congress? Well, let’s see.

It seems to me that there was legislation passed recently. Public Law 110-28. What did it say? Oh, yeah…I remember.

The President, having consulted with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Commander, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, the United States Ambassador to Iraq, and the Commander of U.S. Central Command, will prepare the report and submit the report to Congress…

The President shall submit a second report to the Congress, not later than September 15, 2007, following the same procedures and criteria outlined above…


TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS.—Prior to the submission of the President’s second report on September 15, 2007, and at a time to be agreed upon by the leadership of the Congress and the Administration, the United States Ambassador to Iraq and the Commander, Multi-National Forces Iraq will be made available to testify in open and closed sessions before the relevant committees of the Congress.


So, there is legislation on the books which mandates that the PRESIDENT be the one to write and submit a report about progress being made in Iraq. It also mandates that Petraeus appear before Congress to testify. Who wrote this law? Certainly it was those evil Republicans!

Wrong. It was the Democrat-controlled Congress. They are the ones who made this mandate of the President. I guess this little tidbit escaped Chris Matthews and the Washington Post.

NewsBusters had a great line, which I just have to reprint:

MSNBC's bio on Matthews claims he's a "television news anchor with remarkable depth of experience." Apparently that depth of experience doesn't lend itself to knowing what he's talking about.


Ouch. That has to hurt.



FYI – It’s very telling that Chris Matthews find himself in the same company as far-left groups like the DailyKos and the Huffington Post.

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