This is just great.

… .. Despite Bush’s repeated statements that the report will reflect
evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration
officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs
from officials throughout the government.

And though Petraeus and Crocker will present their recommendations on Capitol
Hill, legislation passed by Congress leaves it to the president to decide
how to interpret the report’s data. …

general may propose pullbacks

Petraeus is expected to tell Congress that Iraqis can assume duties in some
areas, freeing U.S. troops for other uses.

Josh Marshall
cites the article with the title “Ghost Written.”

What it does is continue the tradition of Bush-Cheney not listening to people
who know, but instead turns military assessment reports on Iraq into political tools.
The report this September will not be Petraeus’s, but instead be directed out
of something akin to the White House Iraq Group, the surge edition.

Everyone has been suckered by Bush yet again, which includes Congress. The
surge, turned into escalation, which turned into wait and see before making any
decisions, is what we’ve talked about for months, actually
since the surge began: no end in sight. Bush has no intention of doing anything differently in
Iraq. Status quo will continue to rule, regardless of the LA Times saying Petreaus
might take troops from one section where violence is down and put them somewhere
else. Whack a mole will continue to be Bush’s foreign policy strategy going forward.

As for the report in September being written out of the White House. Snowjob offered the foreshadowing weeks ago.

Q Two questions, Tony. To what extent was the Vice President pre-writing the Petraeus report or setting expectations when he said he thinks it’s going to show progress?

MR. SNOW: No, I don’t think he’s pre-writing it. Look, again, the one thing — if you talk to military guys, the last thing they want to do is get themselves embroiled in politics.

It’s just everybody missed it.