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WP Lies To Cover For Democrat/MoveOn Ad

From the DNC’s lickspittle minions at the Washington Post:

Democrats Shy From Ad Attacking Petraeus

Tuesday, September 11, 2007; A03


Democratic presidential candidates yesterday sharply challenged the assessment of progress offered to Congress by the top U.S. military and civilian officials in Iraq but sought to distance themselves from a newspaper ad placed by a liberal grass-roots organization that challenged the integrity of the commander of U.S. forces there, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus.

Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker appeared to change no minds among either Democratic or Republican candidates. With President Bush preparing to address the nation later this week, the contours of the debate over Iraq policy remained etched along harshly partisan lines.

Democratic candidates declared their dissatisfaction with the broad conclusions of Petraeus and Crocker. They cited the lack of political progress in Iraq as proof that the “surge” was not achieving its overall goals. Republicans embraced the testimony as evidence that Bush’s policy could achieve its objectives.

Former senator John Edwards of North Carolina issued his statement of opposition before Petraeus and Crocker began their testimony. Others waited longer, but their responses appeared no less canned, dividing along partisan lines.

The time to end the surge and to start bringing our troops home is now — not six months from now,” Sen. Barack Obama said in a statement. “The Iraqi government is not achieving the political progress that was the stated purpose of the surge, and in key areas has gone backwards.”

Sen. Christopher Dodd questioned the veracity of Petraeus’s assessment. “The fact that there are questions about General Petraeus’s report is not surprising given that it was brought to you by this White House,” the Connecticut Democrat said in a statement from his campaign. “In contrast, independent report after report indicates that the whack-a-mole strategy has made this the bloodiest summer of the war.”

Edwards said in a later statement that Congress should reject the “doublespeak” from Petraeus and Crocker and force Bush to accept a timetable for withdrawal of forces. “They must stand firm and tell President Bush with one voice: No timetable, no funding. No excuses,” he said…

The newspaper ad by MoveOn.org, which ran in yesterday’s editions of the New York Times, put Democrats on the defensive as the testimony by Petraeus and Crocker was taking shape. The ad was headlined “General Petraeus or General Betray Us? Cooking the Books for the White House.” …

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he did not question the integrity of either Petraeus of Crocker but added: “The strategy George Bush and Dick Cheney have asked them to execute has failed.” He called Petraeus’s recommendation “more of the same.”

Phil Singer, a spokesman for Clinton, called the uproar a distraction from the question of whether the administration’s policy is working.

“It is unfortunate that Republican presidential candidates are focused on generating a political sideshow instead of discussing the president’s failed war policy,” he said. “Senator Clinton is going to keep her focus where it should be, on ending the war.”

Er, where is there any “shying away” from the MoveOn ad by the Democrats in this article? Where is their “measured response”?

The Democrats are saying exactly the same thing as the reprehensible ad said. In fact, what they are saying is even worse.

But obviously the Washington Post thought they needed to give their DNC bosses some cover with their headline and lede — and to hell with the facts.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 11th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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