September 10th, 2007
09:15 AM ET
11 years ago

Congress expected to grill Petraeus

CNN's Ed Henry reports this week will be crucial in the Iraq war debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Congress is expected this week to pick apart U.S. military data suggesting attacks and civilian casualties in Baghdad have sharply decreased in recent months.

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, is scheduled to testify before Congress beginning Monday, and he is expected to tell lawmakers the troop buildup is producing results.

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  1. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    5000+ troops dead... The surge is working. 4 of the 15 goals were met... The surge is working. Hundreds of Iraqis dying each day... The surge is working. Something just doesn't seem right here, and any of you idiots that keep supporting this no-win situation ought to strap up and head on over there.

    We should listen to Ron Paul when he says that we need to come home. All we are doing now is trying to save face and we keep digging a bigger hole. We have 5000+ troops dead and we are entrenched in a monstrous debt. What will it take to make you ignorant war supporters realize that we simply CAN'T remain there any longer.

    September 10, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. spinstopper

    Cost of 17 US sailors and almost sinking the USS Cole.., 3 martyrs

    Cost of 3000 lives and bringing down the world trade center..., 19 martyrs

    Cost of watching the Democrats attack their own appointed US Commander while US soldiers die in Iraq..., Priceless

    September 10, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. therealist

    Would you expect anything less from the worst rated Congress in history?

    Its the Nancy and Harry show...., where the Iraqi's hard won freedom takes a backseat to America's social problems.

    September 10, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. David, Atlanta

    To bad we can't direct the dems hatred at terrorist that are DELIBERATELY killing women and children instead of at our war heroes..

    September 10, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. J Houston, TX

    A general running a war? NO no, can't have that. Let's let politicians in Congress who have no clue what they are talking about run the show.

    September 10, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. therealist

    Front line screams:
    "Volunteers collect Baghdad's dead"

    But wait, its just CNN ralling to the battle cry of the Congressional Democrats. Because you see, its more politically profitable to attack American war heroes than terrorist doing the killing in Baghdad...

    September 10, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Chip Celina OH

    I feel sorry for the General. Regardless of what is in the report, minds will not change. Political sentiments are clouding the judgement of our elected 'leaders'. Those against the war prior to the report will say the White House authored it and the methods of calculating the stats are skewed. Those in support of the war will point to the enlightening facts brought to bear by the General's report. He's in a no-win situation.

    September 10, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Tom, Anaheim, CA

    I'm betting the general will tell us we have to wait 6 more months to give the "surge" more time to succeed.

    I'm betting the general will tell us in March 2008 we have to wait 6 more months to give the surge more time to succeed.

    I'm betting the general will tell us in September 2008 we have to wait 6 more months to give the surge more time to succeed.

    Let's see if I'm right.

    September 10, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. getagrip

    "CNN's Ed Henry reports this week will be crucial in the Iraq war debate."

    Proving again that CNN reporter's really know nothing about the Iraq War or the length of Bush's term..

    September 10, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    And what's new? Just more of the same ole, same ole, from President Bush.
    Anyone surprised?

    We Need To Stay the Course. I see progress in Iraq (where?) The resolve is steadfast.(Who's)

    General Petraeus's Report will be a dictaphone transcribed copy of "The Decider's" words. The Repbulican Party are but a mindless, silent, group under the direction of George Bush. In a Dictatorship members are not allowed to have an opinion let alone voice an opinion.

    So we continue, New Day, Same story by Same Leader with Same Strategy. And the number of casualties continue to rise. Nope Nothing New Here.

    September 10, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    And here we go again. Democrats (as well as myself) will have a hard time believing anything put out by this administration because they've cried wolf too many times. And Republicans will say, "see, the surge is working", even though the data is skewed by not also mentioning the increase in terrorism caused by the war, the increase in deaths in other parts of Iraq, etc.
    Let the arguments we've been doing for years continue... I can't wait until we get a new administration, and hopefully one more trustworthy.

    September 10, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. JC, Motor City MI

    Does it really matter what this guy has to say?

    If he reported that Disney was in the process of building Disney Iraq in the middle of Baghdad and 6 Flags was already up and running in Anbar with Shia, Sunni, Kurds, Christians and Jews working hand in hand, the Dems would say "The surge was a failure!"

    If he reported that all troops should be home by the end of the month, the Republicans would say "well, ah, lets continue the course."

    Our elected officials think the can solve everything...when in fact they can solve nothing!

    So I beg Mr. Bush, Ms. Clinton, Mr. Biden, Ms. Feinstein and Mr. Reid, etc. – Please really listen to what that guy has to say. Because he knows more than you.

    September 10, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Cary - Lowell, IN

    Doesn't surprise me that Congress will give the General a hard time for saying that President Bush's new strategy is working.

    September 10, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Steve Ramsey, Dresden, TN

    I turned my TV on at lunch today to listen to General Petraeus give his report on Iraq. Instead, I had to listen to an assortment of Democrat and Republican Congressional Committee Members talk, talk, and talk before the General gave his report. Do these people not know how stupid that makes them look?

    September 10, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. therealist

    If our 110th Congress attacked terrorism with the same zeal they attack our war heroes, Iraq would be a paradise of freedom by now..

    September 10, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. robert schulman, marina del rey, ca

    The tenor of the debate about the candidates of both parties is insipid. None of these self-anointed "leaders" is of presidential quality; none is so outstanding, whether as an intellectual or fiery orator, as to be taken seriously; and, none will make us proud.

    The disheartening fact is that all of these folks are average, at best. Whatever happened to the warrior king envisioned in "Plato's Republic," the person bred from birth to be the leader of a people? Where are the Harry Trumans, Jack Kennedys, and their ilk?

    It is simply amazing to me that this nation is incapable of producing better than a Dennis Kucinich, or the rest of these careerists. Once again, I think I'll just have to sit at home on Election Day – I feel truly disenfranchised.

    September 12, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |