An article in The Hill on a recommendation before Congress by Gen. David Petraeus to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to pre-"surge" levels by the summer of 2008 asserted that, in President Bush's address to the nation laying out the plan, "his sell might not be so difficult," citing as evidence a Rasmussen Reports poll that "showed that 43 percent of Americans support the Petraeus plan while 38 percent oppose it." But the poll did not offer respondents other options to choose from -- including withdrawal of a greater number of troops than that recommended by Petraeus.
Syndicated columnist Dick Morris wrote that if President Bush were to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, "he could begin to recover his personal ratings" and improve his party's chances in the 2008 election, because his "ratings on the economy are not bad, and he still draws commendations for his battle against terrorism." In fact, recent public opinion polls show that majorities of respondents disapprove of Bush's handling of the economy and that at least half disapprove of how he is handling the fight against terrorism.
The Hill and ABC's World News Sunday reported Newt Gingrich's statement that Nancy Pelosi's recent trip to Syria was "very dangerous for America" because it left the impression that the government has "two foreign policies." However, neither outlet noted that during a 1997 visit, Gingrich made remarks to Chinese leaders that deviated from U.S. policy, or that in 1998, Gingrich said of then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: "I think it's wrong for the American secretary of state to become the agent for the Palestinians."