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FOX Spins Why White House Will Write General Petraeus' Report to Congress

Reported by Nancy - August 19, 2007 -

Guest blogged by BILL CORCORAN

The long anticipated report to Congress on September 15 by General David Petraeus regarding conditions in the Iraq war will have a totally different¢”slant to it. It was revealed this week that the White House will be writing the report Petraeus will present to Congress. It was also revealed by a number of major mainstream news outlets that Petraeus will only be reading what the White House wants him to say. On the other hand, FOX News decided what the Bush White House is doing is perfectly within the framework of how a report should be given to Congress. Forget all the times in the past few months, Bush has said we are waiting for General Petraeus' report to Congress. Now it has been learned the Petraeus report will be "ghost written" by speech writers at the White House.

Indeed, the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 lays out 18 benchmarks for the Iraqi government, and states that "[t]he President shall submit" the September 15 report "assessing the status of each of the specific benchmarks established above, and declaring, in his judgment, whether satisfactory progress toward meeting these benchmarks is, or is not, being achieved." From the text of the bill.

In addition, when asked "So who writes the report? Is it the NSC, is it senior staff?" during an August 16 press briefing, National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe responded: "Sure. Just like the July 15th report of just over a month ago, it is a report written by -- it was submitted by the President, so therefore the White House staff, the NSC staff, but it's very clear that it is based on inputs from our commanders, as well as the ambassador on the ground, as well as [commander of US Central Command] Admiral [William J.] Fallon and Secretaries [of State Condoleezza] Rice and [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates."

So what does all this mean? What it means is the Bush White House and FOX News will get first crack at the General Petraeus report and be able to spin the FOX viewers with still another dog-n-pony show. General Petraeus might as well stay in Baghdad and phone in his "report."

FOX News also skipped over the fact that suicides among U.S. military personnel in Iraq¢”are at a 26-year high. In their never-ending quest to keep as much news as possible about the Iraq war from the FOX News viewer, the so-called "news organization" also paid scant attention to the four truck bombs that killed over400 Iraqi civilians as well as the crash of U.S. military helicopter that claimed the lives of five U.S. servicemen earlier this week 50 miles north of Baghdad.

Here is some more news from and about the Iraq war which FOX News glossed over in their never-ending goal of keeping FOX News viewers in the dark about what is really happening in Iraq. FOX News doesn't want Americans to know what the Iraq war is doing to military personnel and their families back home.

Army Suicides Highest in 26 Years - washingtonpost.com
WASHINGTON -- Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report.

Fatigue cripples US army in Iraq | World | The Observer
Fatigue cripples US army in IraqExhaustion and combat stress are besieging US troops in Iraq as they battle with a new type of warfare. Some even rely on Red Bull to get through the day. As desertions and absences increase, the military is struggling to cope with the crisis

Deployments stressing GIs, families - U.S. Life - MSNBC.com
Problem especially acute as troops return to war zones for fourth, fifth time
Spouses know when they marry a soldier, Marine, sailor or airman that there's a good chance their husband or wife will be deployed. Still, it's tough on families even under the best of circumstances. Most families get by without major problems, but many are seeking help from chaplains, psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors.

'In the Land of the Blood Feuds' - washingtonpost.com
FOX NEWS AND BUSH SAY WE ARE FIGHTING AL QAEDA BUT THE TROOPS ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ KNOW IT ISN'T SO
On the unruly outer fringes of the Sunni area south of Baghdad known as the Triangle of Death, American soldiers navigate more than a dozen battle zones straddling the fault lines of sect and tribe. Al-Qaeda in Iraq -- identified by President Bush and his generals as the main U.S. enemy -- is just one of myriad armed groups competing here for influence and authority. This arid region nourished by the Euphrates River is a microcosm of the many often-overlapping conflicts that have erupted across the new Iraq.

Defense chief: U.S. to keep troop presence in Iraq for extended time - CNN.com
U.S. forces will probably be in Iraq for a "protracted period" to support the country's year-old government, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

U.S. troop level in Iraq likely to increase - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com
The number of U.S. troops is expect to rise to 171,000 for this war -- just as military leaders expect stepped-up insurgent attacks timed to a much-anticipated progress report from American commanders in Baghdad. Army Lt. Gen. Carter Ham, director for operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said¢” that the planned rotations of five brigades moving out of Iraq and their replacements coming in will create the temporary surge in U.S. forces.

”Shiite militia infiltrates Iraqi forces - Los Angeles Times
Radical cleric Muqtada Sadr's sectarian Mahdi Army has deep links with security forces. In addition to infiltrating Baghdad army units in Shiite neighborhoods, the Mahdi Army has been able to bring political pressure on commanders, and on at least one occasion, to create its own army units packed with its fighters.
The Sadr movement has used Iraqi soldiers and national police officers to push deeper into predominantly Sunni Arab districts in west Baghdad, U.S. Army officers said. It also swayed the leadership of an Iraqi army battalion in the spring to mount strikes in Fadil, a Sunni district in east Baghdad, the U.S. officers said.

Summary
There were another 26 U.S. troops who were killed in Iraq this past week, but their deaths were given little or no attention to on FOX News.¢” FOX News continues to search desperately, if not frantically, for any story they can use as a substitute for reporting on the war in Iraq and the impact the war has had on military personnel and their families back home.¢” We have just reported on a few of the stories coming out of Iraq which FOX News has decided are not worth presenting to the FOX News viewers.¢” You would have to be living in a cave like a troll not to know by now that FOX News wants to keep the truth about the Iraq War from their viewers. Talk to any FOX News viewer for a minute or less and you will quickly realize FOX News has been successful in pulling the wool over the eyes of their audience.¢” Never have there been so many who are misinformed and misled by so few with so much power.

BILL CORCORAN