Gen. Petraeus faced big questions (and several protests) on Capitol Hill today, with Senate hearings stretching all day. It was a real marathon of inquiry. Here are some highlights of the varied responses from some of the Senators.
- "In the intelligence world, at least for the foreseeable future, they tell us that we are much more likely to be subject to a terrorist strike emanating from Afghanistan or possibly the tribal regions of Pakistan than we are Iraq. And yet we are currently spending five times as much in Iraq as we are in Afghanistan on a monthly basis." — Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.
- "As I hear the questions and the statements today, it seems to me that there's a kind of 'hear no progress in Iraq, see no progress in Iraq, and most of all, speak of no progress in Iraq.' The fact is, there has been progress in Iraq." — Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.
- "This new increase in violence raises questions about the military success of the surge. But, more significantly, the purpose of the surge, as announced by President Bush last year, which was to give the Iraqi leaders breathing room to work out a settlement, has not been achieved." — Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.
- "Today it is possible to talk with real hope and optimism about the future of Iraq and the outcome of our efforts there. For while the job of bringing security to Iraq is not finished, as the recent fighting in Basra and elsewhere vividly demonstrated, we're no longer staring into the abyss of defeat and we can now look ahead to the genuine prospect of success." — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Petraeus faced all three presidential candidates today, here's how they differed in approach. Do you think anyone had a particularly poignant statement or question?
The quotes above range wildly in tone — who summed up best how you feel about the war?