The long-awaited, but highly predictable Iraq war assessment from Gen. David Petraeus arrived in Washington Monday in his 6 1/2 hours of testimony before Congress. And guess what? We need to stay in Iraq, indefinitely. And President Bush's troop "surge" is a success despite being "uneven" (whatever the heck that contradiction means). Surprise, surprise. The major takeaway: he recommended a pullback of 30,000 troops by next Summer, but warned that a quicker, more extensive troop withdrawal would have grave consequences.
Let's give the General a bit of credit. His testimony could've been a helluva lot more partisan and one-sided. While trying to support his boss's mission, his testimony was somewhat "uneven" in and of itself. Yet groups like Moveon.org, which took a $70,000 full-page NY Times ad yesterday with the header "Gen. Betray Us," charge that Petraeus' testimony is laden with inaccuracies, lies and calculated cherry-picking of statistics (remind me again....if an Iraqi gets shot in the front of the head it is counted as a sectarian-related death or not?)
But the facts on the ground in Iraq, and the testimony of Petraeus, did not stop our maniacal, war-mongering president from taking his Lies and Delusion Tour to Australia:
"We're kicking ass," Bush said to Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, according the Sydney Morning Herald, after Vaile asked about Bush's recent trip to Iraq. The White House later confirmed the statement.
Can you believe that? Kicking Ass? What is this fool smoking? Bush is a pathological liar, whose lack of intelligence and curiosity, and whose mounting lies, deceptions and delusions, make him more of a threat to our security and to world peace than any terrorist. He is an embarrassment to our great nation, and is woefully unprepared and ill-equipped to lead. He should be impeached. Where are the Democrats!??
So, while Petraeus confuses lawmakers this week with warnings and progress reports, we can now add "We're kicking Ass" to "Mission Accomplished" and "Bring it On" in Bush's "Greatest Bloopers & Blunders" collection.
By the way, it should be noted, ever since the surge strategy was hatched in January, it was always the plan to draw down the 30,000 troops by next Summer. For Petraues and the Busheviks to now be portraying this pullback as a sign of progress is an absolute misrepresentation of the facts.
On another note, we could use your help at The The Adrienne Shelly Foundation. We are a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated in my wife's honor to help carry out her spirit and passion, with the goal of assisting women filmmakers. Adrienne was brutally killed in NYC on November 1, 2006. Through the Foundation, her commitment to filmmaking lives on. We've established scholarships, grants, finishing funds and living stipends at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts/Kanbar Institute of Film; Columbia University; American Film Institute; Women in Film; the Independent Feature Project; the Nantucket Film Festival; and the Sundance Institute.
On November 12 in NYC we will be holding our first annual Fundraising Gala, with a musical performance by Alanis Morissette followed by a celebrity reading of Adrienne's script "The Morgan Stories," featuring Paul Rudd, Edie Falco, Ally Sheedy and many others. To learn more about our mission, to make a tax-deductible donation, and to sign up to receive details about the November benefit please visit our website. Every contribution helps preserve Adrienne's legacy, allows us to help others, and creates something positive out of this tragedy.
Adrienne's film "Waitress" opened in theatres May 2nd to rave reviews from the NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Ebert & Roeper ("Two Thumbs Up"), Leonard Maltin and others, and has so far grossed $19-million domestically and almost $1-million internationally. The DVD will be available in November. It's a truly wonderful film that you're sure to love. A link to the trailer is below. Enjoy.