You say Petraeus, I say Betrayus ...
Well, Well, Well ... We thought the PetraeusReportPalooza floats had been deflated, the confetti swept up and all the Hooahs fading away into the smallest of echoes ...
But, lo-and-behold, the Conservatives are joining the fray - and Pat Buchanan's magazine to boot ...
American Conservative magazine has the cover story "Sycophant Savior: General Petraeus wins a battle in Washington—if not in Baghdad. ", written by Andrew J. Bacevich, the father of a son killed in Iraq.
Here's some of the bon mots Bacevich drops at the feet of the General Extraordinaire ;
David Petraeus is a political general. Yet in presenting his recent assessment of the Iraq War and in describing the “way forward,” Petraeus demonstrated that he is a political general of the worst kind—one who indulges in the politics of accommodation that is Washington’s bread and butter but has thereby deferred a far more urgent political imperative, namely, bringing our military policies into harmony with our political purposes.
Over the previous eight months, a discredited president had effectively abdicated responsibility for managing the war. “I trust David Petraeus” became George W. Bush’s mantra, suggesting an astonishing level of presidential deference.
Petraeus has chosen a middle course, carefully crafted to cause the least amount of consternation among various Washington constituencies he is eager to accommodate. This is the politics of give and take, of horse trading, of putting lipstick on a pig. Ultimately, it is the politics of avoidance.
The general’s relationships with official Washington remain intact. Yet he has broken faith with the soldiers he commands and the Army to which he has devoted his life. He has failed his country. History will not judge him kindly."
While you wait for "the cheeseburger that sweets" (courtesy of Barry Crimmins), radio's Rush Limbaugh, to firmly denounce Bacevich as a supporter of those "phony soldiers", and the limp noodle Congress (the Senate, in particular) to huff-and-puff on another, responsibility-avoiding, meaningless resolution, check out Joan Walsh, of Salon, weighing in on it with her "Conservatives blast Petraeus as "sycophant savior"
Or, just sit quiet and listen for the deafening silence from the Matt Sludge and rightwing freakshow
Or, Cue up Que Sera Sera...
Bonus Golden Boy General Links
Arianna Huffington: Petraeus Ex Machina
Think Progress - REPORT: Petraeus Spent At Least 17 Days In August Flacking For Bush’s Escalation
Good Post Alert - Launching Brand Petraeus