More from Dan Bartlett's Fantasy Theater

Tell us again what Americans want.

Published April 27, 2007 3:57PM (EDT)

White House counselor Dan Bartlett, this morning on CNN's "American Morning": "And I think whatever misgivings the American people have about where we are in the war in Iraq, I don't think they want 535 politicians in Washington to replace the judgment of our top commanders and diplomats on the ground."

Reality check: According to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll, 57 percent of Americans say Congress should have the "final say" about U.S. troop levels in Iraq; only 35 percent say the president should have the "final say." As for the "commanders on the ground"? Let's not forget that George W. Bush replaced them earlier this year when he decided to replace their judgment with his.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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