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.Let me repeat that again, lest anyone miss it: The Petraeus Report is going to be written by the White House.
The LA Times graciously and responsibly puts that little tidbit seven paragraphs from the bottom of a two-page story, btw.
I imagine this news will deeply aggravate the war supporters who keep arguing the biggest problem is that the Bush administration mishandled the war, and it will naturally piss off the antiwar contingent. All that then remain are the Bush-basers, who support the war because their cowboy hero tells them to support the war—the ones who will cheer wildly at the thought of Bush cleverly hoodwinking America yet again—and the media who will dutifully ignore the real author of the report. Sigh.