Too bad Democrats keep skipping the General's briefings, or maybe some common sense could have been shoved down their throats.
Every couple of years under every administration some idiot in Washington makes a public statement, or proposes a measure to "remind" the military and intelligence communities that what they say can be used by our enemies. This usually happens after some politician leaks classified information to the media which compromises the lives of those in the field. Of course, the military and spooks are all to well aware of the ramifications of leaking intel, but politicians never seem to be able to grasp this simple concept. Next thing you know ... they try to deflect their guilt and pin it on those on the front line. Today, Gen. Petraeus pwned the Washington elite, and chastised them for not being able to keep their damn mouths shut.
The top commander in Iraq did warn lawmakers that their volatile rhetoric is being heard by the enemy.
"One thing that he reminded us was, this is a test of wills and he admonished us, reminded us that what we say to the world, to our adversaries and our allies, is listened to by the other side," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
Hunter said Petraeus "didn't try to sugarcoat the issues and the problems" that American forces face in Iraq, but noted that comments like that by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last week said the war is lost, provide incentive for U.S. adversaries.
Good for the General. It's about time the leadership in the military stepped up to school these politicians on how the world works. Hunter then called for Reid to step down.
"It must come as a shock to Al Qaeda leaders to have an aide come into their safe house and tell them that Senator Reid has declared that, in fact, they are winning and the war is lost," Hunter said. "I think it's highly irresponsible for the leader of the U.S. Senate to have said that and, just speaking for myself as the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, I think that the leader of the Senate should step down from that position."
He should step down. It will make the recall efforts here in Nevada a little easier. Make no mistake ... there is a huge effort to mount a recall here.
There are some very familiar names on the list of prominent Democrats that didn't attend the briefing ... again.