Cornyn Tries To Manipulate Petraeus
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), takes another bite of Warner’s apple. *Hey! General! Tell my constituents the Iraq war is making them safer! Or, in his words: What are the *“consequences of a failed state were we to withdraw [prematurely]… [wouldn't it] increase the possibility that Iraq become a similar failed state to Afghanistan [before 9/11] in terms of allowing space, time, opportunity for Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations to reorganize, plot, and export similar attacks against the U.S. and our allies?”
If Petraeus knew Yiddish, he’d have started his answer: Oy. In fact: “Not achieving our goals and interests in Iraq could lead Al Qaeda to regain lost territory; the resumption of the kind of ethno-sectarian [fighting] that tore the country apart in 2006 and early 2007; no telling what can happen in terms of the Iranian infiltration piece; the regional stability challenges, not to say the connection to the global economy. Again, there are enormous interests at stake.”
Then Cornyn used a dead Texas soldier to make his point. Doesn’t Petraeus think that soldier “make a contribution to the safety and security of Americans at home?”
“I do, Senator.” What else could he say?