With five percent of Americans saying (in a NYT/CBS poll)  they most trust the Bush administration to resolve the war, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will plop their posteriors before Congress and warn against changes in Bush Iraq strategery. Since the Bush administration actually wrote the report, I’m sure it will be an epic performance of half-truths and slippery statements.  If only the seats were wired to give them a little jolt every time a lie comes out. We would see a lot of tap dancing.

“The reality is that, although there has been some mild progress on the security front, there is, in fact, no real security in Baghdad or Anbar province,” said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., a 2008 presidential candidate who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, a moderate Republican, said he respected Petraeus’ judgment but would not blindly follow it.

“We’re going to look behind the generalizations that General Petraeus or anybody gives us and probe the very hard facts to see exactly what the situation is,” Specter said. “As I’ve said in the past, unless we see some light at the end of the tunnel here, very closely examining what General Petraeus and others have to say, I think there’s a general sense that there needs to be a new policy.”

I think all that you need to know about the level of spin control is the fact that somehow Brit Hume got an “exclusive” interview wtih Petraeus and Crocker tonight to further massage the message.

Queen Lindsey Graham weighed in as well:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he trusts the military judgment of Petraeus and that it was foolish for Congress to try and second-guess commanders on the ground…”If politicians in Washington pick an arbitrary date, an arbitrary number to withdraw, it’s not going to push Baghdad politicians. It’s going to re-energize an enemy that’s on the mat,” he said.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding