Petraeus to appear on Fox after testimony
Following his much-anticipated report to Congress Monday, General David Petraeus will appear on Fox News Channel, according to the Drudge Report, a political gossip site. Much weight has been placed on the General's upcoming testimony, which could determine the future of the US mission in Iraq as Democrats begin their push for a change in Iraq policy, likely including a significant drawdown of US forces there.
Yesterday morning, President Bush used his weekly radio address to reiterate the importance of Petraeus' testimony. "I urge the members of Congress to listen to these two well-respected professionals before jumping to any conclusions," he said.
High profile Democrats have been quick to criticize the President and Petraeus.
"President Bush told us the purpose of his troop surge, his escalation in Iraq, was to give the Iraqis the space and safety to forge political progress and build a sustainable government," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said in his response. "Unfortunately, that has not happened."
Appearing this morning on the program "Fox News Sunday," Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) expressed concern over the reliability of the General's findings. "By carefully manipulating the statistics, the Bush-Petraeus report will try to persuade us that violence in Iraq is decreasing and the surge is working," she said. "Even if the figures are right, the conclusion's wrong."
Maintaining the current course in Iraq is going to be an uphill battle for the White House, as a new poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post indicates a majority of Americans are skeptical of Petraeus' findings. Though the poll found a slight increase in perceptions of American progress in Iraq, public desire for a withdrawal of troops has reached a new high.
The following video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast on September 9.
FULL RESULTS OF THE ABC NEWS-WASHINGTON POST POLL CAN BE FOUND HERE.