SH*T I have lost count of the number of speeches to sell whichever plan he endorses this week. Well if you want a rehash of the the general's and ambassador's testimony, then watch TV tonite, for the Pres will give it all to you again. FYI, their testimony was the same exact thing that the Pres has been harping on for a month or so. They just reworded his many photo-op speeches; they used a larger vocabulary than the Pres, but it was the same exact assessment of what is happening in Iraq.
R. Scherer has stated it pretty well:
Of course Gen. David Petraeus predicts success in the Iraq war. What wonders couldn’t generals achieve with more troops and more time? The battle is always going well until it is lost, and then they blame defeat on the politicians and the public.
There’s no shortage of retired generals who will tell you we could have won in Vietnam if only we had sent more troops, or bombed the dikes in the North, or been willing to kill more than the 3.4 million Vietnamese who died along with 59,000 American soldiers. Instead, the politicians and public, led by that bleeding heart President Richard Nixon, lost the will to win. Thus, the dominoes fell to communism, and Red China and Red Vietnam now rule the world by dint of military force. Have you been to Wal-Mart lately? The triumph of communism is total.
Oh BTW, The House Minority Leader, Boehner, has said this:
In an interview on CNN today, Wolf Blitzer asked House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) about “the Americans who are killed every month” in Iraq and “how much longer” the “military commitment is going to require?” “The investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here,” replied Boehner.
Makes me proud to be a vet. This is a normal feeling of your flippin' leaders. The soldiers are acceptable losses.