David Petraeus, a general who won’t sugarcoat


General David Petraeus, the top U.S. military official in Iraq, vows he will not “sugarcoat” his hugely anticipated report to Congress next month on progress in the war.

“At a recent news conference at Camp David, the presidential retreat outside Washington, he used the general’s first name three times. “I look forward to what David’s going to say,” he said, referring to the September 15 deadline for Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the American ambassador, to give a comprehensive status report to the White House and Congress.

The date, for Bush, has become a kind of firebreak – the right moment, he says, for lawmakers locked in a showdown over the war to decide whether to support continuation of the American military effort here.”

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