Saturday, December 23, 2006

More Support for a Surge

Everyone's coming around:
The American military command in Iraq is now willing to back a temporary increase in American troops in Baghdad as part of a broader Iraqi and United States effort to stem the slide toward chaos, senior American officials said Saturday.

President Bush and his advisers were told Saturday of the new position when Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with them at Camp David, an administration official said.

Until recently, the top ground commander in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., has argued that sending more American forces into Baghdad and Anbar Province, the two most violent regions of Iraq, would increase the Iraqi dependency on Washington, and in the words of one senior official, “make this feel more like an occupation.”

What changed their mind? Oh, probably the writing on the wall. Who's opposed to an escalation of the war in Iraq? Oh, just the American people.


copy editor said...

You know, if we go big ("big") with just 20,000 or 30,000 we will cause much more harm then good. Where will that leave the political will to fight? Certainly the lunatic right, that stupid 30 percent, will be right where they have always been. If Katrina and Iraq could not shake them, then nothing can. But 2007 will see even more mishandling by this inept and dangerous administration. That leaves us with a sizeable swing in the 2008 elections to the left.

Which means we quit Iraq right when the situation has been super heated past catastrophe. Bad times ahead.

However, I came to this blog to wish you three Magi a very Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday season!

Xanthippas said...

Kevin Drum (in a fit of bitter frustration I believe) says we should let them have their surge, so they won't blame the left for the failings of Iraq like they do Vietnam. Of course that misses the fact that they'll blame us anyway, as they are psychologically and morally incapable of accepting blame for their mistakes. Another blogger says we should let them f*** up in Iraq for even longer because we can't stop it anyway and it'll help us in 2008. And while I understand those sentiments, I don't accept them. We CAN put a stop to this nonsense, and to the death of thousands more soldiers, right here, and right now. THIS is a turning point in the war, and it's time for the left to mobilize public support to bring the troops home.

I've always tried to be reasonable before about what we should do in Iraq, but the time for trying to reason with these people is long past.

copy editor said...

Yes, the extremes (on both sides) are beyond reason. Drum is a murderer for advocating that. More violence and misery so that we don't get blamed for something? What a morally vapid monster. Seems like Drum has no friends or family in the armed forces.

Send him to the front.

I have heard that rationale from another blogger, perhaps the same one, and it is just advocating murder for political advantage. How ironic.

copy editor said...

Can you tell that really bothered me?