Saturday, September 8, 2007
News from Washington today raises the possibility that the Democrats in Congress are finally waking up from their Iraq war slumber. According to the Los Angeles Times, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democrats' No. 2 guy in the Senate, said in a speech yesterday that the White House was manipulating statistics from Iraq and the well-anticipated Petraeus report was not going to be an independent analysis after all. Gee, you think? After weeks of the Bush administration explaining what the supposedly imminent reports would say? After a week of the White House rejecting independent findings critical of the Iraq venture? No, kids, this fix is already in. We might as well just assume that the report from Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, will be a little analysis and a lot of cheerleading, and go from there. If the president thinks that he can continue to cook the facts to convince Americans to support his war, he must think we're all stupid.