Petraeus is not immune to criticism
Can't stand the heat? Well, you know the rest.
So is Petraeus fair game?
Any credibility problems that Gen. Petraeus has are partly his ownmaking--because he allowed himself to be pushed forward by theadministration as kind of a front person for them and has been engagedin a constant dialogue with the press since he went to Baghdad. Had hebeen much more quiet, got on with fighting the war and told people towait for his report to Congress, it would have been less likely that hewould have had to suffer these attacks in the press and from Democraticsupport groups.
President Bush no longer has Karl Rove. Tony Snow is leaving as well. He needs a new PR guy to sell the war. The Administration is trying to wait this war out until the end of this term. Without Petraeus to hide behind, Bush would be in trouble. So when progressives criticize the general, it is no surprise that Republicans go nuclear. Petraeus is the very last guy they have to parade in front of the cameras.