According to an article in the LA Times discussing the much awaited September report on "the surge", the general on the ground - General Patraeus won't even be writing his own report.
According to the article:
"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.
And though Petraeus and Crocker will present their recommendations on Capitol Hill, legislation passed by Congress leaves it to the president to decide how to interpret the report's data.
The senior administration official said the process had created "uncomfortable positions" for the White House because of debates over what constitutes 'satisfactory progress.' "
No I am not making this up. I couldn't if I tried. I don't even think Stephen King could dream up something like the Bush Administration.
Sorry for my sarcasm. I generally reserve commentary for my other blog but this has become all too surreal.