ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Jon Garcia report: A top Democrat on Capitol Hill suggested the September Iraq Report, often touted by President Bush, will not be an honest assessment of the status of the war in Iraq.
"Sadly, we will only receive a snapshot from the same people who told us the mission was accomplished and the insurgency was in its last throes," read a statement released Wednesday by House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.
""After years of slogans and soundbites Americans deserve an even-handed assessment of conditions in Iraq. We’ve spent hundreds of billions of dollars and lost thousands of lives in Iraq. An honest report from our generals and diplomats about the status of the war isn’t too much to ask," read Emanuel’s statement.
Emmanuel was reacting to a story in the Wednesday Los Angeles Times that read: "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."
The White House responded to Emanuel’s statement Wednesday, arguing the report will have input from the U.S. military and diplomatic leaders on the ground in Iraq before it is submitted to Congress.
"It’s unfortunate that someone would impugn the reputations of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker," deputy White House secretary Dana Perino told ABC News. "We are confident these men of incredible integrity will speak as candidly to the members of congress as they do to the president, just as they did in July for that report."
"If you read the legislation, it sets out clearly how this works, which means input from [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates, [State Department Secretary Condoleezza] Rice, [U.S. Mideast Commander Admiral William] Fallon, [U.S. Military Commander in Iraq General David ]Petraeus and [U.S. Ambassador in Iraq Ryan] Crocker, then the President submits it, after Petraeus and Crocker testify," said Gordon Johndroe, spokesperson for the National Security Council.