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Monday, September 10, 2007

Michael Isikoff on the Petraeus Report

Today I called upon Newsweek's Michael Isikoff for some analysis of the congressional testimony by General David Petraeus on how The Surge is working. Isikoff says there was no major news other than the number of troops he wants to bring home by next July. That may not be fast enough for some, and it probably has more to do with the troops who will be completing their rotations at that point, and not enough left to replace them.

Either way, you can pick anyone at any spot on the political spectrum, and they'll turn the report into "told you so!" Democrats will frame it as "we're losing, let's get the troops home now" and Republicans will frame it as "we're winning, we can get the troops home now."

With a majority of Americans telling Gallup today that they wouldn't believe the report regardless, and a presidential election year just months away, you have to wonder if this isn't more about US politics than how the war is really going. Incidentally, nowhere in Petraeus' report does he claim that we're "kicking ass," Mr. President.