Saturday, April 21, 2007
Dems "too busy" to meet with Gen. Petraeus? [W. Thomas Smith Jr.]
Congressman John A. Boehner says House and Senate Democrats "refused to attend a bipartisan meeting" with Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, earlier this year.
Now the general is returning from Iraq to brief lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but thanks to the Dems, the briefing was almost not to be.
Why? Because the Dems — though not too busy to make misguided and strategically dangerous declarations that the "war is lost" — were apparently too busy to work a briefing with Petraeus into their schedules.
General Petraeus was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to be the U.S. commander of the Multinational Force in Iraq. He has a clear track record as a straight-shooter and as someone who gets things done. So one has to wonder why next week’s important briefing almost didn’t happen. According to Roll Call, when the Pentagon tried to schedule the briefing through House Democrats they were declined – twice – because Democrats were originally “too busy” to schedule anything.
Too busy? The only thing that could be more important than hearing from the top general in a war effort that is critical to America’s long-term national security would be providing our troops the resources they need to succeed. But Democrats certainly haven’t been busy doing that.
Editor’s note: Please see this note.
04/21 10:27 AMShare