Reality vs. Petraeus [VIDEO]

This post, written by Cliff Schecter, originally appeared on Cliff Schecter's Blog

In case you want know how those living in a land called reality feel about the report that General Petraeus *wrote, well below are just a few examples (and the vidoe contains many more).

So what say you, experts and insiders?
Richard Clarke, former Counter-terrorism guru to Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush: "David Petraeus' report is not David Petraeus' report. It is going to be written by the White House, it is going to be edited by the White House."
Secretary of Defense Embraced Troop Reduction proposals: "... Gates did not seem fully on board with the president's strategy, either. As a member of the congressionally chartered Iraq Study Group before his selection to head the Pentagon, Gates embraced proposals to scale back the U.S. presence in Iraq. [ Washington Post, 9/9/07]
Secretary of Defense Disagrees With Petraeus Calls Troop Drawdown "inevitable": "But he [Gates] . . told Army audiences privately that a troop decrease was inevitable."[ Washington Post, 9/9/07]
Joint Chiefs Worry Troops In Iraq Through 2008 Will Severely Strain the Military: "The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is expected to advise President Bush to reduce the U.S. force in Iraq next year by almost half, potentially creating a rift with top White House officials and other military commanders over the course of the war. Administration and military officials say Marine Gen. Peter Pace is likely to convey concerns by the Joint Chiefs that keeping well in excess of 100,000 troops in Iraq through 2008 will severely strain the military. This assessment could collide with one being prepared by the U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David H. Piraeus, calling for the U.S. to maintain higher troop levels for 2008 and beyond." [LAT, 8/24/07]
Ok, but how does the public feel?:
ABC poll: A Majority of Americans Expect Rosy Spin, Exaggeration from Petraeus:"53 per cent of Americans believe Gen Petraeus will try to portray the situation in Iraq as better than it really is. [Financial Times, September 9 2007]
USA today -Record 60% of Americans Call for Withdrawal as Petraeus Heads to Capitol - A record 60% of Americans say the United States should set a timetable to withdraw forces "and stick to that timetable regardless of what is going on in Iraq" according to a USA Today Gallup poll. [USA Today , 9/10/07]
Fine, but then the Iraqis must feel differently, right?:
ABC/BBC poll of Iraqis - 74% of Iraqis don't feel safe after the surge.

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