Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Surge: Working?

Maybe, says the NY Post (note: not an actual news source).

Though when one sees the list of tactics that are allegedly turning things around, one wonders how it is that it took four years to figure this stuff out. E.g., apparently we're now trying to "bring the locals onto our side," and emphasizing protecting gathering places such as markets. Now, I'm not expert on this sort of thing, but if you'd have asked me four years ago what we should be concentrating on, I'm fairly sure this is the kind of thing I would have suggested.

Nevertheless, great big good on General Petraeus.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any general who is willing to stand up and say "Any student of history knows there is no military solution" in Iraq is clearly the intelligent, honest general we need for this freakin' abomination of an invasion. Go Petraeus.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

At this time it appears that Petraeus is the best we have for the job.

Of course, when the invasion was being planned, Gen. Eric Shineski was Army Chief of Staff, who had actually run an occupation force (in Kosovo). Needless to say, the Bushies ignered him.

I certainly hope that the surge succeeds, although I am not optimistic. I note there is at least one news report that suggests there is some overstatement as to what the surge has accomplished so far.

12:04 AM  

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