The gall of this woman:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned Army Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Thursday not to “put a shine on recent events” in Iraq when they testify before Congress next week.
“I hope we don’t hear any glorification of what happened in Basra,” said Pelosi, referring to a recent military offensive against Shiite militants in the city led by the Iraqi government and supported by U.S. forces.
So, in other words she is “warning” the General to keep any optimism out of his report because it just wouldn’t allow her to put her spin on things I suppose. The spin of failure of course…its the only thing she knows. Freakin amazing.
The fact of the matter is that in Basra the Iraqi forces fought Sadr to another retreat. Not bad, not bad at all.
Meanwhile another NIE is out suggesting what we have known for some time….security is much improved after The Surge:
A new classified intelligence assessment on Iraq says there has been significant progress in security since the last assessment was delivered in August, a senior military official said.
In most ways the new National Intelligence Estimate hews closely to the one delivered nine months ago. That document spoke of security gains since the increase in troop levels began in January 2007, the continued high rate of violence and uneven progress on the part of Iraqi security forces.
“It does not differ significantly from August’s NIE,” a congressional official said in describing the document.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the report is classified. They noted that many of the conclusions of the report are already reflected in public statements and press reports.
But don’t tell the lefties….its all a failure to them in their BDS rage.