Re "Petraeus, Democrats square off," April 9
Put yourself in Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' shoes. His boss sent him into the Iraq mess when things were desperate, and he now finds himself with two bad choices: He can stay the course and hope for the best, knowing full well that our military, not the Iraqi tribes, is the glue holding that place together, or he can admit that his orders are to hold out until a new administration can be blamed for whatever happens.
Petraeus is a loyal soldier who knows there will be hell to pay when we leave. He, the troops and the American people all deserve better, but while President Bush is in office, we will slog on.
Sheldon J. Baer
Sen. John McCain again misstated, while questioning Petraeus, that Iran (a Shiite nation) is supporting Al Qaeda (a Sunni group) in Iraq. Apparently he is unable to understand that there is a rather substantive ideological difference.