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    07 September 2007

    Republicans: Don't listen to Gen. Petraeus!

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    I agree, we should give his testimony and the accompanying White house report on the escalation as much credit as the various other reports out currently.

    But this is really getting confusing for the pro-war crowd. Petraeus is offering the possibility of a symbolic withdrawal (which will never happen) early next year.
    Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, has told President Bush that he wants to maintain heightened troop levels in Iraq well into next year to reduce the risk of military setbacks, but could accept the pullback of roughly 4,000 troops beginning in January, in part to assuage critics in Congress, according to senior administration and military officials.

    The response of the Republican leadership in Congress to the Generals offer?

    House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio: "It should be off the table."

    So even if the top General suggests it, it should not be considered. This, to Republicans, is purely political (as well as heartless, dangerous and acting contrary to the needs of the troops). If our Generals suggest something that the Democrats and the American public have been asking (and voting) for and is even based on sober military judgment, it shouldn't happen because it makes the Republicans look bad.

    That's a great way the run foreign policy and it's a trend that has been evident throughout our experience in Iraq: Trust the generals until they dissent and replace them... repeat if necessary.

    I fear what these Republicans will do once we are out of troops in about a years time...

    Posted by Geoff

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