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Petraeus’ Surging Optimism

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Posted on Mar 18, 2007

Gen. David Petraeus sounded confident about the surge of new U.S. forces in Iraq, telling the BBC that the influx of American troops has already reduced insurgent violence in Baghdad and the volatile Anbar province.  Still, this weekend’s death toll of four Iraqis and seven Americans proves Petraeus has a big job ahead of him. 


Gen. David Petraeus told the BBC that with two out of the five extra brigades now on the ground in Iraq, there had been fewer sectarian attacks.

He said he would have an idea of the chance of success once all extra troops were deployed in the coming months.

Attacks in Baghdad killed at least four Iraqis on Sunday, while the U.S. announced the deaths of seven troops.

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By Joe, March 19, 2007 at 4:58 am Link to this comment
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Petraeus is a company man - would anyone really expect him to do anything but issue rosy reports for his bosses? How many generals were fired before they found someone compliant? How long would he last if he came up with a negative report?

PR-wise we can expect stories about how great everything is progressing and that the Iraqis who left their country alive want to return very soon because life is so good in Iraq? What about the others who can’t leave and want to even though life is so good now?

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By Steve Hammons, March 19, 2007 at 4:05 am Link to this comment
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Gen Petraeus may be a good officer, but is this surge and the new tactics he wants to use just more spin and tragic wasted effort?

With the Bush-Cheney administration, things are never what they seem. Spin, deception and lies and the norm.

There are many neocons, chicken hawks and war-profiteers who want the war to go on and on, and they will feed the American people and the international community disinformation and lies.

For more on this, see:

“Mind Wars: Americans, global community are targets of deception on Iraq, threats to peace”

By Steve Hammons
Populist Party of America
October 5, 2006

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By Christopher Robin, March 18, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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It’s bally-hoo in Baghdad !

Excuse me, I’ll believe it, when we leave it.

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By Quy Tran, March 18, 2007 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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Are you a daydreamer or a wet dreamer, General ?

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