Senior Democratic senators challenged a new intelligence report's assessment of President Bush's "surge" strategy Friday, saying the troop increase in Iraq has failed to achieve its strategic goals.
"In my judgment, it's too rosy, but there are parts of it that are not so rosy, and both pieces need to be declassified," Sen. Carl Levin said, pointing in particular to the portion of the report describing Iraq's political progress.
Levin chairs the Armed Services Committee, one of the panels Crocker and Petraeus will testify before next week.
I suppose the politicization of this next round of evaluations from both sides was inevitable. That doesn't make it any more pleasant, though. The war will be a political football as long as it goes on, but nothing much is going to change in terms of strategy until next January. As such, we may as well let the testimony play out and make up our minds for ourselves.