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Thursday, August 16, 2007

The "Petraeus" Report, Coming to You Straight From....Karen Hughes?

We all knew that the September 15th report on the "surge", pronounced by the White House as the definitive, on-the-ground report from General David "Baby Jeebus" Petraeus, was going to be a bunch of hooey. But I don't think we realized exactly how much fakery was going to be involved.

The fricking report won't even be written by Petraeus, but will have his "input", the American people discovered yesterday! The rest of the input will come...from political staffers at the White House. Holy bait-and-switch, Batman!

As the Bushies always do when they are discovered in a giant lie, they simply say, "We have always been at war with Eastasia." (To see all the times they claimed the report WOULD be written by Petraeus and Crocker, see this excellent summary by Greg Sargent at TalkingPointsMemo.

Peroxide Princess of Pissiness Dana Perino elaborated yesterday.

Q Dana, there's a report out today that the September Iraq report will be written by the White House, and not by Ambassador Crocker and General Petraeus. Is that accurate?

MS. PERINO: Well, let me remind you of a couple of things. The Congress asked for these reports from the President; they asked for the President to report to the Congress. And so the July 15th report will be no different to the September 15th report, in terms of how that works. And the President has said that he's going to take the recommendations from General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, and then he will consult further before deciding on any possible next course of action.

I know that the Democrats will be voting on Iraq again in September. Let's hope they use this latest example of Bush's mendacity as a club to beat the Republics into supporting a withdrawal...and to get enough votes to put impeachment back on the table. ***

UPDATE: Via Huffington Post, the Washington Post describes the Democrats' reaction to the latest White House chicanery. (Hint: They're not happy.) It also points out that the purported Petraeus report is not the only one the Bushies are required to give to Congress in September. Worth a read.

***Want to help the Democrats do the right thing? Show up in D.C. on September 15 if you can.

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