Newshour Interview's David Petraeus

It's a good Interview. General Petraeus was impressive, he stayed on message despite the leading nature of Mr. Lehrer's questions. Some of which are merely negative statements rather than actual questions.

Via PBS GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: Well, one thing that it tells us is that Iraqi security forces, certainly, are on the front lines and are fighting and dying for their country. They are committed to this endeavor.

It also tells us, as I noted a second ago, that al-Qaida is still capable and able to cause significant death of innocent civilians. In fact, that has rebounded against them in some parts of the country.

While finding the level of sectarian violence upon returning here was, frankly, something quite disheartening to see, on the other hand, going into Anbar province to the west of Baghdad and seeing Sunni Arab tribes fighting against al-Qaida was very heartening.

In fact, that's a major development in a province that, as you'll recall, some six or eight months ago, many were ready to write off as a lost cause, and all of a sudden you have cities all the way from the border, al-Qaim through Haditha, Hit, Ramadi and Fallujah, where tribes have volunteered for the Iraqi security forces.

In fact, in the latest recruiting effort, which used to draw minimal numbers of Iraqis willing to serve in the Iraqi army or the Iraqi police in Anbar province, there were over 2,000 volunteers for the latest training. And, again, that's quite a shift and quite -- frankly, it's a stunning development and reflects the frustration that the Sunni Arab tribes in Anbar have had with al-Qaida and what al-Qaida has done to them, to their sheiks, their families, their young men and, frankly, to their businesses and livelihoods.

It has really had a devastating effect. And they have said, "No more," and stood up and voted with themselves and with their young men.

JIM LEHRER: Senator Levin asked you a question then. To quote him, he said to you, General Petraeus, he said, "Do you agree to give your personal views when asked before this committee to do so, even if those views differ from the administration in power?" And you answered, "Yes, sir." Nothing changed?

GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: No, I stand by that. I think that I have been forthright. I have tried to be forthright with you, as well. I have a sacred obligation to some wonderful young men and women, not just from the United States, but from all the coalition countries, to do just that. And that's what I intend to do.

You can download an mp3 to listen to the interview here.

Update: Here is a portion of the interview on youtube.

Hat Tip: Instapundit

Anyone other than myself think maybe it's time for a general as president?

Posted by: Howie at 08:20 AM

Comments

1 Good God, man.... don't say that!!
We might end up with Wesley Clark!

Posted by: Kafir at April 05, 2007 10:05 AM

2 I saw the interview ... I wouldn't characterize Lehrer's questions as "leading" however. If you were looking for softballs or punches to be pulled, yes, you probably would have been dissapointed. But Lehrer asked the question I personally wanted answered; and that's too often the biggest void in journalism today.


Posted by: Gleep! at April 05, 2007 03:02 PM

3 Lehrer is not too bad, but he does go after people harder than I expect some times. Maybe I just feel it's out of character for him to be a bit pushy. He's so polite as a rule. I should have said the "leading nature of a couple questions." I searched for a phrase, because I like Jim's work. Maybe I didn't get the best one.

The General had the answers though, he was quick, self assured.

And yes I was hoping for (got to be careful with that word rooting , Aussies my read this) The General. It was a must do well interview, and he did very well!

Posted by: Darth Odie at April 05, 2007 08:31 PM

4 Gleep getting a brain? Holy Shitassdemocrat.

Posted by: greyrooster at April 05, 2007 09:39 PM

5 Are you late for a lynching, clownshit?

Posted by: Gleep! at April 06, 2007 01:31 PM

6 Never. I buy the rope.

Posted by: greyrooster at April 07, 2007 05:51 AM

7 But we can't afford white sheets anymore. The friggin muslims are buying them up.

Posted by: greyrooster at April 07, 2007 05:52 AM

8 ANTI-AMERICA/ANTI-ISRAEL/ANTI-SEMITIC HATE GROUP IN DETROIT CALLED "ANTI-RACIST ACTION (ARA)": LGF ARTICLE ABOUT ARA'S ANTI-PEACE RALLY TWO WEEKS AGO:
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=25002_A_Hatefest_at_Wayne_Stateonly
VIDEO OF ARA’S ANTI-SEMITIC HATEFEST:
Part I:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqbfZqX7LWU
Part II:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxeweTTLqII
Part III:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1BlPhbW5tw
FOX NEWS STORY ON OFFENSIVE ARA RALLY AT WSU:
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=2828453version=4locale=EN-USlayoutCode=VSTYpageId=3.1.1
LEADERS OF ARA (SHEMONSALAM, AND MIKE STAUNCH)SAYING THEY WANT ISRAEL OBLITERATED AND DEFENDING THE USE OF THE SWASTIKA AT THEIR RALLY:
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=2838924version=1locale=EN-USlayoutCode=VSTYpageId=3.2.1
ANOTHER ARA RALLY IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 12th, at 1:30 p.m., IN FRONT OF THE WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (DETROIT) UNDERGRADUATE LIBRARY.

Posted by: detroitrockcity at April 09, 2007 01:54 PM






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