See? You can read that as many times as you like and it will not make any more sense than it did the first time.
Now say these words to yourself: President Barack H.(!) Obama.
Make you feel comfortable?
Later in his questioning, Barack H.(!) Obama asked this of Ambassador Crocker: Can you respond a little more fully to Senator Boxer's point?
Let me tell you: If it weren't for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) would be the dumbest member of the US Senate. So Obama depending upon anything that Boxer asked is an open admission of his lack of preparation.
The Democrats in Congress must take care that they are not seen as rooting for failure in Iraq.
Americans are, by our nature, optimists. We may be exhausted by this war, but we will never be so weary that we want our military personnel to lose.
General Petraeus is representative of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have answered the call to duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Given that, it is politically very dangerous for Democrats to try and paint Petraeus as anything other than a patriot.