The International Herald Tribune provides this fascinating treatise on America's top military commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus:
...for Petraeus, being cast as the president's white knight has
been a mixed blessing. While he talks directly with Bush once or twice a week,
in interviews he depicts himself as owing loyalty as much to Congress as the
White House and stresses the downside, as well as the upside, of the American
military effort here.
His view, he says, is that he is "on a very important
mission that derives from a policy" made by Congress, "with the advice and
consent and resources provided by folks at the other end of Pennsylvania
Avenue," the White House.
"And in September," he said, "that's how I'm going
to approach it." Whether to fight on here, he says, is a "big, big decision - a
national decision," one that belongs to elected officials, not a field
I love this-Honesty! Something badly needed in today's world and something we seldom get from Washington. God bless you General, for this Great Work you are doing for your country.