Move Over, Move On: The Nation adds Bush to Traitor List

Marc Sheppard
John Nichols, who accused General David Petraeus of betraying the truth and the troops on Friday, today expanded his feral accusations and even added the Bush administration to his fantasy Benedict Arnold list.

Blogging for The Nation on today's House Iraq hearings, Nichols refers to them as "efforts by the White House to cloak administration spin in a military uniform" and Petraeus himself as "statistically-pliable." He then makes the bizarrely bogus assessment that last week's Government Accountability Office report,
"detailed how the general and his aides are using doctored data to create the false impression that sectarian violence is declining as a result of the surge."
I guess such fancy is to be expected from a man who found today's outrageously obstructive opening remarks by House Armed Services Committee chair Ike Skelton and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos "refreshing."   The former had called Petraeus the right person for the war in Iraq, but three years too late.  The latter attempted to bully the General by declaring his mission a failure before he ever got to open his four star mouth.

But it was Duncan Hunter's reaction to the Dem's verbal ambush -- pointing out that the hearings were not intended to "discredit General Petraeus before he takes the stand" - that incited the loony liberal to wildly accuse our Commander-In-Chief of sedition:
 "As it happened, Petraeus discredited himself before he took the stand. The general's repetition of spun statistics and fantastical assessments merely confirmed the fact of his misplaced loyalty to an administration that has betrayed the troops commanded by Petraeus."
If the Nation's intent was to out-outrage Moveon.org ‘s slanderous depictions of a great general today, I'd say the two should share the booby prize.  But they'll also share the all but certain opprobrium their reprehensible words must one day bring. 

Betrayal -- For a group that has worked so relentlessly toward this country's surrender to its enemies, liberals sure bandy the word about with great abandon.

Don't they?
John Nichols, who accused General David Petraeus of betraying the truth and the troops on Friday, today expanded his feral accusations and even added the Bush administration to his fantasy Benedict Arnold list.

Blogging for The Nation on today's House Iraq hearings, Nichols refers to them as "efforts by the White House to cloak administration spin in a military uniform" and Petraeus himself as "statistically-pliable." He then makes the bizarrely bogus assessment that last week's Government Accountability Office report,
"detailed how the general and his aides are using doctored data to create the false impression that sectarian violence is declining as a result of the surge."
I guess such fancy is to be expected from a man who found today's outrageously obstructive opening remarks by House Armed Services Committee chair Ike Skelton and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos "refreshing."   The former had called Petraeus the right person for the war in Iraq, but three years too late.  The latter attempted to bully the General by declaring his mission a failure before he ever got to open his four star mouth.

But it was Duncan Hunter's reaction to the Dem's verbal ambush -- pointing out that the hearings were not intended to "discredit General Petraeus before he takes the stand" - that incited the loony liberal to wildly accuse our Commander-In-Chief of sedition:
 "As it happened, Petraeus discredited himself before he took the stand. The general's repetition of spun statistics and fantastical assessments merely confirmed the fact of his misplaced loyalty to an administration that has betrayed the troops commanded by Petraeus."
If the Nation's intent was to out-outrage Moveon.org ‘s slanderous depictions of a great general today, I'd say the two should share the booby prize.  But they'll also share the all but certain opprobrium their reprehensible words must one day bring. 

Betrayal -- For a group that has worked so relentlessly toward this country's surrender to its enemies, liberals sure bandy the word about with great abandon.

Don't they?