On a day General David Petraeus – the top U.S. military commander in Iraq – appears before Capitol Hill lawmakers to update them on the situation in Iraq, Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) delivers a blistering attack on those he claims are in denial and committed to defeat in Iraq.
Bond says critical progress is being made, thanks to the surge. Bond adds the reason Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered a ceasefire is because he and his followers are feeling the heat. Bond says Americans who want to know what is going on in Iraq should listen to the American military men and women who are leading the charge in that country.
Bond criticizes Democrats who are calling for withdrawal from Iraq, saying they are in denial over the progress being made in Iraq. Patraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, are in the middle of two days of testimony on Capitol Hill.