"I Wrote This Testimony Myself"

So said Gen. Petraeus in the beginning of his testimony today;. “It has not been cleared by, nor shared with, anyone in the Pentagon, the White House, or Congress.” OK, fair enough. But a tiny little detail caught my ear. He closed; by saying “it remains an enormous privilege to soldier again in Iraq with America’s new ‘Greatest Generation.’”

Which is funny, because just minutes before Gen. Petraeus spoke, GOP congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen expressed her gratitude to the new “Greatest Generation” of Americans, who are serving in Iraq.

Clearly this was a mere coincidence and not the result of both the congresswoman and the general taking their cues from the same set of talking points.

Chris Hayes is the host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC.

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