Posted: 09/10/07 17:27, Edited: 09/10/07 17:28
by Dave Mindeman
There is obviously a coordinated Republican effort to get into a PR war over the new MoveOn ad regarding General Petraeus' testimony. It is as if the General is immune from criticism because he wears the uniform.
But the general wears two hats. One represents command of the US forces in Iraq... the other is as the personal representative of the Bush administration in testimony to Congress.
Now the general is a fine military commander; of the various commanders we have had in Iraq, he has probably done the best job with our forces. But Petraeus is also an astute politician; he would not have attained his stature without being adept at maneuvering his way through the political mine fields.
And it is the politician that Bush has called upon to testify to Congress. We cannot accomplish anything more militarily in Iraq. That mission is done.
It is the political goals, or lack thereof, that is keeping us there and the General is quite aware of that. He bargains for more time. And that bargain comes with no guarantees of success.
The Bush administration has no credibility with Congress on Iraq. General Petraeus has been given the task of using his own political capital to push the Bush agenda.
If he accepts that mission then he must accept the criticism that goes with it.... and the frustration of a restless American public.