Petraeus prohibits phrase ‘We’re winning’ in connection with Iraq.

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"Petraeus prohibits phrase ‘We’re winning’ in connection with Iraq."

During a washingtonpost.com chat today, CBS News foreign correspondent Kimberly Dozier — who was severely injured from a car bombing in Iraq in 2006 — said that she “understand[s] from folks in Baghdad that Gen. Petraeus won’t let folks use words like ‘triumph’ or ‘victory’ or say ‘we’re winning.’” Will Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — who frequently claims that “we are winning in Iraq” — and his allies Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) take Petraeus’s advice? Probably not:

Graham: “We’re winning because John McCain understood Iraq better than anybody else.” [CBS, 7/06/08]

Lieberman: “Now, his policy is working. Iraq is succeeding.” [ABC, 7/06/08]

McCain: “Senator Obama refuses to acknowledge we are winning in Iraq. He refuses. He called it spin. Is General Petraeus spinning the American people? I don’t think so. I don’t think so.” [MSNBC, 6/13/08]

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