Surprise, surprise. The White House will clamp a tight lid on Gen. David H. Patraeus when he reports on whether or not the surge worked in Iraq.

The Bush administration wants to limit what Patraeus to a “private briefing” on the Hill and then the White House will release the “official report” for public consumption.

Deja vu all over again?

An Early Clash Over Iraq ReportSenior congressional aides said yesterday that the White House has proposed limiting the much-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill next month of Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker to a private congressional briefing, suggesting instead that the Bush administration’s progress… [Washington Post Political News]

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