Posted: 07/18/07 12:19
by Dave Mindeman
Republicans in the Senate are all hiding behind the September report of General Petraeus. They are stalling.
Just like all the other reports that come out of the administration, we will be asked to accept administration interpretations rather than facts on the ground.
The recent Intel reports have stated that Al-Qaeda has regained strength. Instead of an administration apology for their ultimate failure against terrorism, they spin the idea that it is all the more reason to trust them to continue the fight.
Recent reports also state that Iraq has become a springboard for attacks elsewhere. Terrorists can use Iraq as a training ground.. a place for combat experience... a place to try new tactics and modify weapons. We have given them the ultimate laboratory. Yet, the administration would have us believe that because these terrorists are in Iraq, it means we must stay.
Recent reports concluded that the Iraqi government has failed in all 18 benchmarks outlined by the Bush administration. However, when published, the report was modified to state that "progress" has been made in 8 of the 18. The administration uses that as their excuse for "needing more time".
General Petraeus may bring a report to Congress in September, but the truth will be folded and mutilated within it.
The Senate held an all night debate on Iraq last night. Maybe nothing was accomplished as Minority Leader McConnell would have us believe. But one thing is clear.... the Republicans are blocking any attempt to get our troops home.
This war is on their heads and there is now no way to modify or spin that fact. Senator Coleman, are you listening?