House Democrats Gear Up for Petraeus & Crocker

House Democrats are gearing up for next week's testimony from Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker, and it looks like troop readiness will be the main anti-war argument coming from the party.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a "fact sheet" to reporters today citing facts about troop readiness, with quotes from four military officials who say the U.S. military is stretched thin.

Entirely absent from the memo were references to Iraqi politics. Democrats used a lack of political progress in Iraq as their main argument the last time Petraeus and Crocker appeared before Congress to defend the "surge" in September.

Petraeus and Crocker are expected to call for U.S. troop levels to remain unchanged in Iraq in 2008, as indicated by plans they recently presented to President Bush. See Pelosi's fact sheet after the jump.

COUNTDOWN TO GENERAL PETRAEUS AND AMBASSADOR CROCKER