Only NBC followed Gen David Petraeus after Tuesday's Story of the Day Senate hearings over to the House side. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski concentrated on the politician's mood about the Iraq War rather than the general's testimony. That is because it is likely to be "the American people, when they choose a new President in November, who will ultimately decide the future course of the war" not generals or politicians. To that end Miklaszewski quoted his network's latest poll: 52% favor a troop pullout in the beginning of 2009, 43% want "troops to remain until the situation is stable."
This happens to be the fifth anniversary of the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad as his Baath Party was ousted. NBC's Richard Engel was an eyewitness: then the people of Baghdad was "very excited about the prospect of liberation." Now "that very same square is under curfew."
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