Posted by: As I See It by Arnie | August 18, 2007

Petreaus or the Democrats. Who to believe?

Before the report is out, it is being questioned.  Before a word is written, it is being questioned.  What kind of a game is this when the offense takes the field and starts throwing and running with the ball, before the defense even has a chance to don their uniforms?  Well, it’s not a game, but it is being played as a game without umpires and/or rules. 

“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.”

But, Nancy was being asked about the press reports put out by the WaPost and the LATimes who state that Petreaus will just be mimicking the white House in his report. 

“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.”   Susan Jones at CNSNews

And everyone wonders why the war in Iraq has gone so badly, or so the elite media say it has, and the democrats get on board to make political hay for their side.  The mainstream drive bys had their paid reporters in Iraq for a bit, now and then, to take pictures of the atrocities and record the comments of the discontents among the Iraqis, and they all ignore the writings of those independent journalists whose writings are not edited to comply with the politically correct version.  Americans have been fed just one side of the story, and as Paul Harvey says, there is another side, “the rest of the story.”   Read some of the works of Michael Yon for the other side.

Every 6th grader knows that if the bully is left to his own ways, he will take over the playground. 

Every high schooler knows that the game must be played by the rules and that those that break the rules must be penalized.   Even those who inadvertently break the rules must be penalized.  The high school student knows that fairness for all is the obedience to the rules by all.  The rules of engagement in Iraq has been one of continual rule breaking by our enemy.  Being the kind of civilized society that we are, and even though the other side does not follow rules, we are still committed to that purpose.  And still, in spite of the bully breaking the rules, ground is being gained and territories are being captured for the advancement of democracy in Iraq.

General Petraeus was sent to do a job, to access the effectiveness of the surge of troops.  And before his report is out, the democrats want to denigrate it as just some propaganda out of the white house.   It must be a Tony Snow job. 

So who can you believe?  The Democrats?   The mainstream press?   General Petraeus?   A 6th grader?


There is a new petition to be sent to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and a copy to the President that tells them to:

“Let the Generals do their Job.” 

“I am deeply concerned that members of Congress are acting like generals and military planners. U.S. generals believe a surge of troops into the combat zone is the best strategy to accomplish our goals in Iraq. The “surge” has only had a month to make a difference and it seems to be having an effect already. It is too early to judge the surge as a success or failure. Our troops need time to do their job. I urge you to let the generals do their job and resist the urge to use a bombing on the television as an excuse to call President Bush, General Patraeus, and our troops a failure.”  Sign the petition here.


A few million signatures would be a great statement.


It’s only as I see it.  How do you see it?



  1. I believe Petreaus. Most of the Democrats have made it clear they hope we lose the war so they can blame Bush. They are just showing they care more about their political standing than America. If we pull ouut, they know as well as we do what will happen, but if we win even to stabalizing the country, they can’t blame Bush for the war anymore, and they are afraid they will lose Congress. It is sad that they can’t see that the majority of the people rate Congress now as 14%. They just have their own agenda. Helen Talbert

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