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David Petraeus

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General David Petraeus is head of the US-led multinational force in Iraq which is fighting against the terrorist insurgents in the civil war there. He was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate, particularly because of his long-established reputation for honesty.

Senator Hillary Clinton, who helped appoint him, called him a liar when he gave his September 2007 report on President Bush's "troop surge". [1] In response to this report, Petraeus was the victim of liberal advocacy group's "vicious"[2] attack campaign subsidized by the New York Times[3] which contributed a monetary discount for an advertisement, without foundation, entitled "General Petraeus or General Betray Us"? The Senate passed a resolution condemning this attack.[4]


  1. When questioning him on September 11, she lectured that, "I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief." (Washington Times editorial)
  2. MoveOn's McCarthy moment, By Peter D. Feaver, Boston Globe, September 11, 2007.
  3. Time Gives Lefties a Hefty Discount for "Betray us" Ad, Charles Hurt, New York Post, September 13, 2007.
  4. Senate Votes to Condemn MoveOn for Ad Attacking General Petraeus, FOX News, September 20, 2007.