10 September 2007

General David Petraeus - BS upon BS

Well, David Petraeus is about to begin testifying before a joint committee in the House of Representatives. He will testify before a joint committee in the Senate tomorrow. The press is trying to make it seem as though there is some possibility that he might ssuggest anything other than staying the course. What a joke! Let's recall that Petraeus himself suggested the "surge." So, in order for Petraeu to admit that things are not going reasonably well in military terms he'd have to admit to a pretty major mistake. Let's also see how Ambassador Crocker is recieved by the legislators since there is little evidence of political progress. And this is a political problem.

Having said all that, it is absolutely scandalous that these hearings are taking place on the anniversary of 9/11. The tacit mesage is that somehow what is happening in Iraq has something to do with the terrorist attacks six years ago. That is clearly bullshit. How are the democrats letting this happen?

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Blogger Stan B. said...

The Democrats have been scared shitless ever since Dukakis was asked if he was a... Liberal! How many years later, and they still have yet to figure out an adequate response. And they'll remain emasculated until they do.

11 September, 2007 00:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a crazy idea: how about you admit you don't know what the fuck you're talking about when it comes to Iraq and let the men and women who are there on the ground and know what's going on do their jobs. When we need poetry book recommendations for the Rochester public library we'll give you a holler.

11 September, 2007 08:02  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Anon. Thanks for that penetrating insight. Perhaps you should put your authoritarian personality up on the shelf and read something. That would require you to perhaps learn where the library is located.

Much of what the good general is peddling is at best bullshit. He, like every other military officer, has never started a campaign that wasn't sure to be a success. And at best his "plan" will get us back to pre-'surge' levels of troop commitment after only another year or so. There is a radical suggesiton - "stay the course"!

And, lets be clear, the men on women "on the ground" are doing a job that was screwed up from the start. They are risking their lives because BushCo insisted on invading a country for reasons that have never been honestly spelled out. I am not trying to prevent them from doing "their jobs", I'm suggesting that the job they are doing consists priimarily in forestalling an even bigger fiasco than we already have "on the ground". That fiasco comes from BushCo giving idiotic orders and from military types implementing them almost entirely without question

11 September, 2007 11:46  

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