Petraeus deception begins

Petraeus today before Congress:

When I testified in January, for example, no one would have dared to forecast that Anbar Province would have been transformed the way it has in the past 6 months.

What Petraeus said 6 months ago at his confirmation hearing (via CQ, subscription only link):

“You’ve seen it, I know, in Anbar province, where it has sort of gone back and forth. And right now, there appears to be a trend in the positive direction where sheiks are stepping up, and they do want to be affiliated with and supported by the U.S. Marines and Army forces who are in Anbar province. That was not the case as little as perhaps six months ago, or certainly before that.”

Not an outright lie, but still he’s twisting his own words. He spun Anbar positively in January, now he’s trying to pretend like the positive developments in Anbar are some kind of huge surprise that we had no inkling of back in January. The man simply can’t keep his stories straight because he’s always spinning.


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