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Democrats warn Petraeus…

April 6th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Politics

…not to say things they don’t like:

“We have to know the real ground truths of what is happening there, not put a shine on events because of a resolution [of the situation in Basra] that looks less violent when it has in fact been dictated by someone [Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada] al-Sadr who can grant or withhold that call for violence or not,” said Nancy Pelosi.

Makes ya wonder what the point of making the dude testify IS when you’ve declared in advance that there’s only one version of his testimony that you’ll accept.

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  • 1 ralf // Apr 6, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    I’m not sure on the details, but wasn’t Petraeus’s boss fired for saying things Bush didn’t like? The point being: Bush talks about relying on his military commanders advice, but he picks and chooses whose in charge until he gets the advice he wants.

    That being said, Pelosi probably should have stopped closer to ‘the real ground truths’ part of her sentence… Just because Bush does it, doesn’t justify Democrats doing it. In fact, just the opposite, I would think.

  • 2 funtax // Apr 6, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve been conflicted on that for some time, actually. On the one hand, you’re right about Bush’s continuous claims about “relying on his generals” and his choosing to remove leaders who speak out being - at best - hypocritical.

    On the other hand (and this is what differentiates it from Pelosi’s comments) a member of the military publicly speaking in a way that is contrary to his commander’s official views is definitive grounds for removal. In fact, were it to happen in slightly different circumstances, it would be cause for a dishonorable discharge due to insubordination in the field.

    Regardless, it’s always annoying when folks on either side attempt to ignore legitimate evidence and testimony simply because it undermines a partisan goal.

  • 3 BW // Apr 6, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    This is part of the evil genius of Bush sending his generals to testify in the high-profile reports on the war. They are limited in what they can say by both fear about their careers (although Petraeus may feel a little more safe because he is now so high-profile. People would notice his dismissal in a way they did not notice other generals’). They are also insulated somewhat from hostile questioning because a) the war wasn’t their terrible idea and b) Democrats know that they will be criticized for going after REAL AMERICAN HEROES and THE TROOPS and MOM and APPLE PIE. So Pelosi is probably feeling hemmed in during testimonies like these. This, of course, does not forgive her general tone-deafness…

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