The morning he was to report to Congress on the results of the military surge in
Monday's New York Times tipped the left's hand: “Some Democrats took issue with the characterization of General Petraeus as operating free of influence from the administration, suggesting that they would like to diminish his credibility heading into days of intense sparring over how much more time Mr. Bush's strategy for Iraq should be given.”
UPDATE: MoveOn.org purchased a now-infamous full page ad in Monday's Times deriding General Petraeus as "General Betray Us," and accusing him of "cooking the books" in his report. Turns out the Times sold MoveOn the page at a very deep discount: the standard political advocacy rate is $167,157, but MoveOn paid just $65,000. See Terry Trippany's September 11 post on Newsbusters.org.
Congressional Democrats, expecting Petraeus to conclude that we're making progress and the
According to the Times, the Bush administration has “presented” Petraeus and Harry Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to
USA Today pitched in with a poll claiming that Americans “are skeptical of what [Petraeus] will say.” The poll found that “53 percent of those surveyed say the commander of
As if anticipating that Petraeus planned to ask for more time to prosecute the war in Iraq, the USA Today/Gallup poll found a “record 60 percent say the United States should set a timetable to withdraw forces 'and stick to that timetable regardless of what is going on in Iraq.'”
Why have the Democrats and the press been so resolute in opposing Petraeus's report, which was expected to report significant progress in