Friday, January 05, 2007

The Good Lackey

One of the administration's most reliable stenographers on Iraq is the NYT's Michael R. Gordon.

A perfect example of his work has just been posted there, "A New Commander, in Step With the White House on Iraq" that says the the new commander in Iraq, Gen. Petraeus (who also get a sycophantic bio in the same article) , wholeheartedly backs the addition of 5 combat brigades. While admitting that Gen. Petraeus has not actually said that, Gordon points out that he just wrote the new Army counter-insurgency manual. Now I doubt that the manual has anything specific about more troops in Iraq, and our stenographer cites no other source in the entire article to justify his knowledge that the General backs 0, 3, 5, or 17 more brigades. In fact, no one to my knowledge has done more than speculate that Feckless Leader will send 5 combat brigades to Iraq, but someone told Gordon to say that, and to say that Petraeus supports it. Like a good lackey, he repeats it all.


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