"Administration and military officials acknowledge that the September report will not show any significant progress on the political benchmarks laid out by Congress. How to deal in the report with the lack of national reconciliation between Iraq's warring sects has created some tension within the White House.You simply cannot go wrong betting on venality and mendacity with this administration; and they certainly learned their lesson with the ISG, why let wild cards like the people on the ground write your reports, when there are more than enough flying monkeys roaming around the White House who can do it for you...hell, the only thing they need Legatus Legionis Patraeus Iraqius for is the photo-op, or possibly to space out the airlock when it becomes politically necessary...
Despite Bush's repeated statements that the report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs from officials throughout the government."
They did the same thing with David Kay's Iraq Survey Group, remember? When it became clear that Dr. Kay was not going to appear in a victorious flash before Congress with an armful of Iraqi chemical weapons or plutonium, the administration started with "well, this is just preliminary..."
I think we've already seen some of the push back starting on this, when last month some of the flying monkey brigade started with the "well, September will just be a snap shot in time, and the real report will come ... oh ... I dunno ... November? December?"
And to add to the horror, we are now learning that Patreus Iraqius will present himself before the Imperial Senate on 9/11...
Outstanding... You know, I don't believe we're thinking big enough here.
Perhaps he can get Lee Greenwood to warm up the room with "I'm Proud to be an American," get the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to do an interpretive dance version of his testimony, perhaps move the whole hearing to Ground Zero, and put it on pay-per-view with an under card of Alberto "Sparky G." Gonzalez versus the Mexican Mummy, or Vice President Big Time in a steel cage rusty spoon grudge match with the ghost of Franklin Roosevelt...
I can see no down side!