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Home Columns A Cup O' Kapeng Barako Is General David Petraeus Mr. Bush’s “water boy”?
Is General David Petraeus Mr. Bush’s “water boy”? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 September 2007 14:08

Are we going to continue to invest American blood and treasure at the rate we’re doing now - Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb)

True, with all those colorful medals, he looks awesome and handsome in his Army uniform.

True, with all those glittering stars on his shoulders, he looks splendid.  And when he walks, he swaggers.

And true, he holds a doctorate from Princeton.  And a Princeton grad is looked upon, as a prince.

He was likened to “David.”  The princely, biblical David.

At his Senate confirmation hearing in January, he was described as “the quintessential military professional, a credible, independent voice,” who WOULD STAND ABOVE the political fray between the Democrats and the Republicans.

But when he came back last week to Capitol Hill to report on the war, his image changed. 

The quintessential general

The military professional …

The credible, independent voice who would stand above political frays and in-fightings …

The David …

The princely, biblical David …

Turned out to be Mr. Bush’s WATER BOY.

For he exactly ECHOED, MOUTHED, REPEATED what Mr. Bush has been blabbering all along:  “STAY ON COURSE!!!  We’ll fight them there, so we won’t have to fight them here.”  That same, old, STUPID strategy that’s slaughtering many of America’s brave, splendid, young men … and draining America’s treasure ($10 billion a month).

In January, Mr. Bush ordered 30,000 more U.S. troops to Baghdad for six months to tamp down the sectarian killings there so that the Al-Maliki government would have the chance to create a stable government.  And, he minted Gen. David Petraeus as overall commander of the war.

Last week, Petraeus came back with his report and asked Congress to give that strategy MORE TIME to work.  He said the added 30,000 troops can be rolled back by mid-July 2008 … 18 months AFTER Bush ordered the SURGE.  That would leave 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq more than five years after the invasion.

Petraeus said that the U.S. forces could ALL go home as soon as they could hand over the responsibility to Iraqis as the situation and Iraqi capabilities permit.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said: “That sounds identical to what President Bush has been saying all along, that U.S. forces will drawdown as the Iraqis are able to stand up.”

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said Bush ordered Petraeus to “implement a failed policy,” adding that “civilian deaths and car bombings in Iraq have risen” and that “U.S. casualties have been greater in 2007 than in 2006” and “meanwhile Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks remains at large and his terrorist network is gaining strength in Pakistan.”

The reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief,Clinton added.

Sen. John Warner (R-VA), asked Petraeus if his recommendations would make America “safer.”

Gen. Petraeus at first evaded the question by saying: “Sir, I believe that this is indeed the best course of action to achieve our objectives.

Warner asked the question again.  Petraeus answered, “Sir, I don’t know actually.

For his testimony before Congress, war critics have dubbed Gen. Petraeus “his generation’s Gen. William Westmoreland,” the overall commander of the Vietnam quagmire.  He has been called “General Betray Us.”  He has been accused of “cooking the books for the White House,” just like the way Gen. Westmoreland cooked the books for the Nixon’s White House.

Others, like Tom Engelhardt, an online columnist and a fellow at the Nation Institute, called Petraeus “the Paris Hilton of generals” and a “vain media darling with almost no credibility.”

Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” said Petraeaus testimony means that “the president’s been right the whole time.” 

In other words, General Petraeus merely echoed, mouthed and repeated what Mr. Bush has been saying all along: STAY ON COURSE!!!

In other words, General David Petraeus is Mr. Bush’s water boy.

Time magazine columnist Joe Klein eloquently wrote this week in his column: “... George W. Bush's credibility on Iraq is non-existent.  And so he has placed David Petraeus, an excellent soldier, in a position way above his pay grade.  He has made Petraeus not just the arbiter of Iraq strategy but also, by default, the man who sets U.S. policy for the entire so-called war on terrorism….

Yeah, exactly, a water boy! A highly-decorated, excellent water boy!



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