Heroes and Cowards

In a preview of what will be in his report on Monday, General Petraeus lays out the good and the not so good in Iraq:

General Petraeus’s Letter to the MNF 

(h/t Intel Dump)

Of course, the Democrats and the media aren’t going to give him an inch.

Jockeying for Position

Lawmakers positioning themselves for debate expected after Petraeus report

Again the Bush Derangement Syndrome is continuously rearing it’s ugly little head.

Durbin: Iraq report ‘manipulated’

WASHINGTON (CNN) Days before Gen. David Petraeus testifies before Congress on the progress of the troop “surge” in Iraq, the Senate’s number two Democrat is accusing the administration of manipulating information in its highly anticipated Iraq report that will be released next week.

“By carefully manipulating the statistics, the Bush-Petraeus report will try to persuade us that violence in Iraq is decreasing and thus the surge is working,” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said at a Washington think tank.

 Click on title above to read the rest.

Sen. Durbin (D-IL) Accuses WH of Manipulating Iraq Statistics

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) Speech on Iraq Watch the full video|

Sen. Durbin to Oppose War Funding Without Withdrawal Timeline

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) Speech on Iraq Watch the full video| Watch a short clip

 

Anti-war Dems fight for timeline

By: Martin Kady II

“Anything that takes us back from where we were this spring [a firm withdrawal date] is unacceptable,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), one of the founding members of the 70-plus member Out of Iraq Caucus in the House. “Bipartisanship is great … only if it puts together an orderly withdrawal of the troops.”

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One group, Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, started running anti-war ads Thursday in New Mexico, Minnesota, Kentucky and Maine — all aimed at targeting the incumbent GOP senators in those states. And another, the National Security Network, backed by liberal groups such as the Center for American Progress, questioned whether the Petraeus report will be a truly accurate assessment of Iraq.

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 Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus, was critical of fellow Democrats who embrace the positive snippets of news from some corners of Iraq, saying the progress in some areas does not show the complete picture in the war zone.

“We’re always going to have a number of Democrats who will lean over backwards to believe what they hear from generals on the ground,” Waters said. “We’re prepared to do what we have to do to avoid accepting a report that does not truthfully represent the situation on the ground.”

And this just says it all on what’s really important to the Dems:

 Rather than picking up votes, by removing the deadline to get our troops out of Iraq, you have lost this Democrat’s vote,” said Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, one of the Democratic presidential hopefuls. “It is clear that half-measures are not going to stop this president or end this war.”  (emphasis mine)

(h/t to Politico)

Question their patriotism??  You bet I do!!

I don’t know.  They must have a different dictionary than I do.  Their actions fall under the definition of “treason” in mine.

patriot: n. One who loves, supports, and defends his country.

treason: n. The betrayal of one’s country, esp. by aiding the enemy.

(The American Heritage Dictionary; 2001 4th edition)

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I so love this ~ Bin Laden takes the Democrats to task for not ending the war:

‘Democrats Haven’t Made a Move’

“People of America:  the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that, after several years of tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped.  Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose, but the Democrats haven’t made a move worth mentioning.  On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there.”

What’s really frightening is just how closely the terrorists are watching our politics and actions.  And people in this country have no problem with all the leaking of strategy that is going on in the media.  I mean there’s this guy hiding out in a cave somewhere who has our defeatists and anti-America folks’ talking points down pat!  Oh, but the Dems are not emboldening the enemy with all their surrender and retreat strategies…nope, not at all.

 

(graphic from Publius Pundit)

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September 8, 2007. Iraq, Politics.

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