Friday, August 03, 2007

A good question!

Mountain Runner and Tom Barnett ask and answer a really good question:

If the surge is working, why are we still losing?

Barnett goes to the heart of the question that really bothers me-namely if the surge is going so well, why are we being told that American troops will have to stay and stay and stay?

The question for now, I guess, is, does the Petraeus-Fallon-Mullen trio overcome the neocon camp still resident under Cheney? If not, can they at least temporize things until Bush is out of power?

I would go farther than MountainRunner--and cynically so--to say Bush's surge (not Petraeus') was always about buying just enough internal security to facilitate drawdown and redirection on Iran.

And while you are at it, take a look at some of Mountain Runner's words on the private contractors in Iraq-he raises some valid and provocative points.


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