I voted BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH....and that is probably what will happen, even though poll after poll is showing the American people not trusting Petraus, they doubt the "surge" is working, and they do not think much of the Bush-installed Iraqi government.
WASHINGTON—Even before Gen. David Petraeus began his account of the “substantial” progress brought about by the troop increase in Iraq, congressional critics of President Bush’s policy had come to the depressing conclusion that the “surge” has done what the administration needed it to do.
FORGET THE SURGE by E.J. Dionne
It has not won the war. It has not achieved reconciliation at the national level in Iraq. But it has bought more political time in Washington, bringing Bush closer than ever to reaching one of his main objectives: keeping large numbers of troops in Iraq beyond Election Day 2008.
Yet if the testimony of Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker was the central act at Monday’s House hearing, Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, signaled within minutes of opening the session the one hope that critics of the war have to force a change in course.
Their goal, Skelton made clear, was to move away from a narrow argument over whether the surge has succeeded or failed—the subject on which Petraeus, in a clear and steady voice, offered a small mountain of statistics—to a broader debate about “the overall security of this nation.”