Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Petraeus, Betrayus, Schmetrayus. Whatever.

Whatever. I think that kind of sums it up. For months the GOP has been stalling real decisions in Iraq by building up a report on the status and progress (?) in Iraq by General Petraeus. Then as we near the actual report, word leaks out that the "Petraeus Report" would be written by the White House. You know, that fountain of impartiality and honesty. All the while the usual media elites are building up Petraeus as some kind of saint. He's been claiming progress in Iraq for four years, including one curiously timed Op-Ed just before the 2004 election.

So Petraeus gives his little report to a joint session of Congress and guess what he said? We're making progress! Woohoo! Meanwhile, places a full page ad in the NY Times with the headline "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?", the purpose of which is to call into question the data he was presenting. Of course, the rightwing media machine responds with fake fainting spells and hyperventilation, frequently claiming that MoveOn is calling him a "traitor". Yes, the ad calls into question where his loyalty lies (Bush vs Everyone Else), but nowhere does the actual word "traitor" appear in the ad.

When the rightwing puts words in our mouths, we really need to spit them back out in their faces as Markos Moulitsas does so eloquently here.

Following the "report", Saint Petraeus goes on FOXaganda to give a "Briefing for America". Not an interview, a briefing. FOX has officially Jumped the Shark.

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