Surge is a Scam; We're Staying the Course
Bush picked out one sentence and ran with it.
The Surge was born.
During the massively frustrating appropriations debate, Bush and the Republicans told us that we needed to support the "new policy" until we could hear from General Petreaus himself if the Surge was working. Wait until September. Talk surfaced of the Republicans in Congress breaking with Bush in September when Petreaus announced the obvious. This talk quickly coalesced and became the conventional wisdom.
Last week, a reporter asked General Petreaus how he thought the Surge was going. He said that he wanted the surge to go on at least until December. He told another reporter two weeks ago that the surge could not be evaluated because the surge doesn't even start until all the troops arrive in Iraq.
On her show Friday, Rachel Maddow explained that in '04 and '05 between 160,000 and 180,000 coalition forces occupied Iraq. Today, with the surge finally fully underway, we have 177,000 coalition troops in Iraq. In other words, the surge did nothing but replace the troops from countries that have pulled some or all of their troops out of Iraq with American troops.
There is no surge. All we are doing is staying the course.
Crossposted at Ice Station Tango.
Which makes just about inevitable for Bu$hCo.