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Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Petreus Report

On or about 11 September, General David Petreus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will be presenting an initial progress report to Congress. Some on the Left are a bit peeved that General Petreus isn't submitting a written report. His report will be given in oral testimony. McQ at Q And O explains why this is, and he uses something the Left doesn't like much to do it. He uses the law:

(A) The President shall submit an initial report, in classified and unclassified format, to the Congress, not later than July 15, 2007, assessing the status of each of the specific benchmarks established above, and declaring, in his judgment, whether satisfactory progress toward meeting these benchmarks is, or is not, being achieved.

(B) The President, having consulted with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Commander, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, the United States Ambassador to Iraq, and the Commander of U.S. Central Command, will prepare the report and submit the report to Congress.


(D) The President shall submit a second report to the Congress, not later than September 15, 2007, following the same procedures and criteria outlined above.

So, to recap for the Left that seem to think they know all, and know better. The report that will be given in written, and both classified and declassified forms, is being delivered by the president. General Petreus and Ambassador Crocker will be giving their testimony to Congress. The only part of Petreus's testimony that will be written is the opening statement, and nothing else. For those wishing to compare and contrast the report with what we know on the ground, you will have to watch/listen to his testimony before Congress, and compare it to the report submitted by the president.

This isn't being underhanded. This isn't the white House controlling the message. It's the law. He doesn't submit a written report, the president does. General Petreus, contrary to some moonbat's beliefs, has been keeping the president appraised of the situation on the ground in Iraq. General Petreus receives reports from his subordinates involved int he surge and he will ultimately deliver a no-BS estimate of the surge.

the president will then call together his advisers and go over all the material to present to Congress in a finished, comprehensive report. There's not going to be any spin on this. It will be candid, it will be honest, and it will contain the good news and the bad news. But that isn't a cue for the Left to start howling that the surge is a failure. This is step one -- securing the nation, and driving al Qaeda from it's borders or destroying it there altogether. Step two will involve the necessary political accomplishments to back up the security aspect.

No one said the surge would be the end all, be all, and that it would be done in a matter of a couple of months. These things take time. Accomplishments have been made, and to that there can be no question. But, as we've stated before, the surge takes time an patience; two things the Left is in desperate short supply of.

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