Carol Platt Liebau: General Petraeus Speaks

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

General Petraeus Speaks

Hugh Hewitt interviewed General David Petraeus this afternoon (transcript here). Here's a question and an answer you're not likely to hear in a typical interview conducted by a member of the MSM:

HH: General, what about the losses on the enemy? You mentioned that hundreds of al Qaeda fighters have been killed in the last couple of months, but are they suffering losses in the thousands every month? Or is it hundred, two hundred? What kind of force reduction’s going on there?

DP: Yeah, as you know, we try to avoid body counting, but inevitably, obviously, it is something we keep track of, because we’re trying to have some sense of the damage that we are doing to al Qaeda-Iraq, its affiliates, other Sunni insurgent groups, and also certainly to the Shia militia extremist elements. And the answer to that in a general sense is that they are losing many, many hundreds of their, of these different elements each month, certainly since the onset of the surge.

Oh, and one other thing -- for the people who think that we can somehow reduce and redefine the US's mission in Iraq. Here's what General Petraeus had to say:

Well, first of all, al Qaeda-Iraq is throughout pretty substantial parts of Iraq, and it is a significant enough network in capability that it is not going to be dealt with just by certainly, if you will, classical counterterrorist operations. Indeed, we are doing those. Our best operators in America and in the world are here in the largest number of anywhere in the world by several multiples, and conducting a very, very high operational tempo, and doing extraordinary operations. When I think back to the operations that we did, for example, going after war criminals in Bosnia, or something like that, you know, and one of those would be a big deal, and you’d dine off that for the next several months. On a nightly basis here, you know, ten or twelve serious operations are going down by those forces.


Blogger stackja1945 said...

Carol, "a typical interview conducted by a member of the MSM"
would not seek to inform but further the agenda of disinformation that has existed since the forces seeking to destroy democracy arose first with the Kaiser then Hitler, Lenin then Stalin, and of course Tojo and has continued with various dictators since.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Hewitt didn't ask about the benchmarks that aren't being met. Like the Iraqi Government, oil laws and reconciliation efforts.

CYA... Patraeus! How much time does he have before Bush throws him on to the scrape heap with the other Generals?

"al Qaida-Iraq" is a group of Sunni milita that happens not to be bin Laden's al Qaida but, it sounds good to pretend they are the same.

45% percent of foreign fighters come from Saudi, yet Hewitt fails to ask what measures Saudi Arabia is taking to stop that, instead he focuses on five Iranians.

Hewitt doesn't have the intellectual honesty to make it into the major league.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Greg said...


Go on the air with Hugh. I dare you! Then we'll see how his intelect and intellectual honesty compares to yours.

Go ahead, I double dare you!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

The thing I like about Petraeus is that he seems willing to discuss the bad as well as the good. As much as I want us to win in Iraq, I also want a truthful picture of what's going on there (and around the world). He's perfectly willing to point out where we have not succeeded as well as where we have.

I like that! Trusting in truth is a definite sign of strength and confidence.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Hewett is a mental midget. Of all the professions, law has the lowest bar of entry.

1:51 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

What's his number Greg? I'll go on the air with him.

1:44 AM  

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