Petraeus Testifies: Successful Surge Brings On Surge of Sorrow

General Petraeus shared more good news with Congress today during his testimony on Capital Hill.

Sadly, to some these facts brought a surge of sorrow to the proceedings.
Senator Carl Levin (Democrat-MI) blasted the General.

Civilian deaths decreased over the past year to a level not seen since the February 2006— but to some in attendance this brought on a wave of sorrow… Try to figure that one out.

General Petraeus is testifying today on Capital Hill.
** Red Lasso has video posted HERE of the testimony to impatient (Democrat) lawmakers.
Michelle Malkin is liveblogging.
Don Surber answers your questions.


Glenn Reynolds has the transcript of General Petraeus’s report to Congress.

Concerned citizens were looking for seats at the Petraeus hearing:

A protester dressed as an Iraqi war casualty walks past people waiting to see General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 8, 2008. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

It looks like they found a few:

Anti-war protesters hold signs up as General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington April 8, 2008. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Jules Crittenden has an important roundup of the activities this week.

Bill Ardolino explains the political progress that has not made it through the mainstream news yet.
Frederick W. Kagan at National Review has an extensive review of the progress in Iraq.

Iraqi-American Haider Ajina passed on the news that:
Bastogne Soldiers Remove Al-Qaida in Iraq Chokehold on Samarra Passageway
You can read the whole article at MNF-Iraq.

Haider Ajina adds this:

Since we have not been hearing much of the accomplishments of our men and women in Iraq I choose to share the above news with you to show their hard work and dedication. In a previous article, I translated news about Samara residence asking for the restoration of essential services and supplies, after much of Al-Qaida and the Baathists were kicked out. Now their request is answered thanks to US and Iraqi troops.

A number of Iraqi newspapers: Almeda, Alnahrain and Buratha news, have been conducting interviews with average Iraqis and Iraqi academics. These interviews are in preparation of the fifth anniversary of the liberation of Baghdad from Saddam and the Baathists. Those interviewed (Sunni & Shiite Arab) are celebrating the fall of Saddam and relishing the future of freedom, democracy and rule of law. They also say that if it was not for those spreading violence in Iraq because they do not want democracy to flourish, or even fear it, security and rebuilding would be far better.

Haider Ajina

Howling Wolf posted an impressive interview today that Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki had with CNN.

Hey! This got a mention at The Opinionator.

Meanwhile… Senator and Obama supporter Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) bashed military fighter pilots this weekend.
He apologized today after the uproar.

UPDATE: Here are the slides from the general’s speech today.

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