Tuesday, September 11, 2007

"While noting that the situation in Iraq remains complex, difficult and sometimes downright frustrating, I also believe that it is possible to achieve our objectives in Iraq over time, although doing so will be neither quick nor easy."

-- Gen. David H. Petraeus

"Some of the more promising political developments at the national level are neither measured in benchmarks nor visible to those far from Baghdad."

-- Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker

"I cannot guarantee success in Iraq. I do believe, as I have described, that it is attainable. I am certain that abandoning or drastically curtailing our efforts will bring failure, and the consequences of such a failure must be clearly understood by us all."

-- Crocker

"I find it absolutely astonishing that, after 3 1/2 hours of testimony from our top military and diplomatic leadership in Iraq, that I can't recall anybody saying 'international war on terrorism.' If this is really part of the international war on terrorism, nobody has made the nexus here."

-- Rep. Gary L. Ackerman (D-N.Y)

"Will we leave the Iraqis celebrating freedom? Or . . . will we leave the forces of evil and terror to carry out their mission in and from Iraq? I'm concerned that if some get their way we'll get number two, the latter."

-- Rep. H. James Saxton (R-N.J)

"Changing the definition of success to 'stay the course with the wrong policy' is the wrong course for our troops and our national security. The time to end the surge and to start bringing our troops home is now -- not six months from now."

-- Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)

"I don't think there is any doubt that it's good news that he feels we will be able to withdraw some troops. . . . To change the strategy from the surge would be a terrific mistake."

-- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

"General Petraeus, the American people don't believe you any more! . . . No! No! No! I have a right to be heard!"

-- a Code Pink protester

being removed from

the hearing room

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