Thursday, September 06, 2007


"We'll see what the 9/11 commission report says. We'll see what the Iraq Study Group says. We'll see what Petraeus says..."

When will the endless backpedaling statements end from the left?

Congressional Democrats are trying to undermine U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' credibility before he delivers a report on the Iraq war next week, saying the general is a mouthpiece for President Bush and his findings can't be trusted.

"We know what is going to be in it. It's clear. I think the president's trip over to Iraq makes it very obvious," the Illinois Democrat said. "I expect the Bush report to say, 'The surge is working. Let's have more of the same.' "

The top Democrats — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California — also referred to the general's briefing as the "Bush report."
It's so childishly predictable. The sad thing is, they'll probably get away with this schtick eight months after they voted to confirm him.

Says Captain Ed:
Of particular note is the fact that the same Senators who didn't cast a single vote against this highly-regarded commander taking over the effort in Iraq suddenly feel that Petraeus would conspire with George Bush to deliver a dishonest report to Congress. Which is more likely -- that a career commander would deliberately lie about events in Iraq that already have garnered plenty of independent evidence for success, or that Dick Durbin and Harry Reid would smear the military for their own political gain?
The gaggle of inept congressmen also revealed their reasons for not valuing Petraeus' report -- even though they haven't heard it yet.
They also favored an analysis due today by Gen. James L. Jones, former U.S. commander in Europe, that is expected to say security gains have been "uneven" and Iraqi security forces are ill-prepared to stand alone, according to a CNN report.
Because it doesn't help them out, see? Clearly a former commander has a better perspective than the current commander, particularly when he didn't even serve in the same theater.

The fact is that no one knows what Petraeus will report yet other than him and his aides. All the guesswork and whining on the part of the democrats tells me that they expect it to be damning because of their defeatism. But even after the report is given, there are only a handful of people in the world with the ability to discredit it -- and most of them are in Iraq.
"We will see what the Bush report will be at the end of next week," Mrs. Pelosi said. "The facts are self-evident that the progress is not being made. They might want to find one or two places where there has been progress but the plural of anecdote is not data."
Pelosi needs some lessons on data. Facts are never, ever self-evident towards anything except what they represent. Data means nothing by itself; it requires interpretation. The only thing that is self-evident "that progress is not being made" is the continued litany from the left saying so.

The last bit of her statement applies quite well to global warming, too. Perhaps she is a closet Denier as well?

"The plural of anecdote is not data." I've been saying that for years.