What’s incredible to me about these hearings is how much Gen. Petraeus’s successes in Iraq have tamed Democrats. Last September, MoveOn.org set the tone, and Democrats were very confrontational in their questioning of Petraeus. They treated him as a puppet of the Bush administration, and
scoffed at his statistics demonstrating declines in violence. This time around, while eager to press him for details on when Iraqis will be able to fend for themselves, the Senators are much more deferential, and they isn’t much dispute about the fact that violence has declined.