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Tweeting Petraeus


By davidswanson - Posted on 16 March 2011

Tweeting Petraeus
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Petraeus says we can win the wars we've got and add more, compares self to circus clown juggling plates

Rep Forbes (R, Va) asks what the point is. Michelle Flournoy says "AL QAEDA!" Nobody mentions that al Qaeda isn't in Afghanistan

Advantage of not holding hearings on Iraq, Rep. Forbes can slip claim of Iraq "success" into hearing on Vietghanistan

Having denounced the insane and endless wasting of lives and resources, Sanchez thanks Petraeus for his "service." WTF?

Sanchez points out total corruption of Afghan govt. Petraeus invites her to a psy-op.

Loretta Sanchez sounds like a human - very jarring in a Congressional hearing

Rep Sanchez says she's sick of hearing "we're making gains that are fragile and reversible - What does that really mean, General?"

Loretta Sanchez says we're wasting lives and resources. Asks what "success" is. Petraeus says an independent govt. Well then...

Guy in charge of making WAR on Afghanistan says the problem with poppies is they're ILLEGAL

Petraeus won't say how many Taliban there are or why US needs several soldiers per Afghan resister

We should have an emperor like Japan who gives a speech every year or two. For everything else we should try democracy.

W Jones asks if in 3 more years a new general will tell a new cmember just a few more years needed

W Jones quotes a general who says 4 or 40 more years will accomplish nothing in Vietghanistan, cites polls public wants out

Walter Jones tells Petraeus that Marines want out, reads letter from one of them. Imagine asking a troop what the troops say!

Petraeus politely says "You're a biggoted moron, and Afghans all listen to BBC"

Afghans can't understand corruption because they lack our religion and culture, says Rep. (Bartlett, I think)

Kudos to @janschakowsky for introducing Bill to tax millionaires & billionaires/Who's afraid of a fair share economy?

How is killing 17 soldiers by smashing 2 helicopters together the reason to extend a war? Please explain.

Petraeus says progress not quantitative but subjective. We'll know it when he sees it.

Petraeus says ending war unfair to troops because Army tends to crash helicopters and kill troops for no good reason

Rep Martha Roby asks Petraeus to say Al Qaeda supports @Dennis_Kucinich resolution to end war. He does. At least 17% will believe him.

Petraeus opposes "conspiracy theories" of US interest in permanent bases, mineral wealth. Nobody asks what then the point is.

After Petraeus report, Adam Smith asks for some sign of progress, Petraeus points to instance of US getting out of the way. Hmm.

Will the partial withdrawal in July involve any ANY! "combat forces"? Petraeus won't say.

GE may kill more people than BP, but both, I think, deserve massive bailouts

Petraeus says progress "a rollercoaster ride" (the kind that only goes down?)

Every year for 10 years generals mostly testify about what they will do in future. Guess what year 11 will produce.

RT @BreakingNews Lawyer says U.S. paid $2.34 million to secure Raymond Davis' release http://on.msnbc.com/eIN0U7

Petraeus says we're on the right azimuth with the right counterinsurgency inputs (& if you're 18 you can be one of them!)

Maybe the 17% who "strongly believe" Vietghanistan is worth fighting can pay for it?

When US Special Ops Forces killed innocent, pregnant women in Gardez, Afghanistan, the families were given... 2 sheep.

House Armed Services: the Undersecretary of Defense has yet to mention anything defensive

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Out of Afghanistan Caucus: United States’ Fiscal and Security Needs Demand A Swift Withdrawal Beginning in July

Washington, D.C.— Members of the Out of Afghanistan Caucus issued the following statement today following two days of congressional testimony by General David Petraeus on the war in Afghanistan. Representative John Conyers (D-MI), chair of the Out of Afghanistan Caucus, was joined by Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Bob Filner (D-CA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Michael Honda (D-CA), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), James McGovern (D-MA), John Olver (D-MA), Ron Paul (R-TX), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), Pete “Fortney” Stark (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

"As we approach the planned drawdown of military forces beginning in July 2011, it is clear that large majorities of the American people have endorsed a new way forward in Afghanistan. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans now say the war is no longer worth fighting and three-quarters of Americans believe that the President should withdraw a “substantial number” of combat troops this summer.

The American people understand that our country’s fiscal state renders the continued funding of a war that costs over $2 billion a week unsustainable. A substantial withdrawal of troops later this year will go a long way towards rebalancing our domestic and overseas priorities and reduce government spending by billions of dollars.

Despite the assurances offered by General Petraeus this week, we believe that our status quo, military-first strategy is not achieving its promised results. The rampant corruption present in the Karzai government and contractor community has made establishing a central government capable of administering effective governance all but impossible. Additionally, the record number of civilian deaths this past year, including the large number of targeted killings of government officials, suggest that the population is not being secured. If you can’t protect the population or establish a government people can believe in, you can’t win a counterinsurgency.

We are at a moment where the needs of the American people and the needs on the ground in Afghanistan have clearly converged. A swift withdrawal of troops beginning no later than July will stabilize Afghanistan by ending an unpopular occupation, allow us to focus on political reconciliation with local and regional stakeholders, improve our country’s flexibility to respond to more immediate and pressing national security challenges, and improve our fiscal and economic situation at home."

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