Politics The Surge
posted by January 9 at 14:55 PMon
Everybody’s talking about Bush’s surge, which is supposedly going to be announced by the president in a speech tomorrow evening. Sen. John McCain has supported the idea, even though it means his own son could end up as part of the operation, which would aim to stabilize Iraq by pouring in thousands more American troops. Sen. Ted Kennedy has launched a pre-emptive strike against the plan, introducing legislation that would require Congressional approval for any more troops. And over at TPM, Josh Marshall lobs the question that no one in the Bush administration has been able to answer:
The president’s ‘surge’ plan is at best supported by a minority of generals, military affairs experts, foreign policy hands, etc. In fact, that’s generous. And it is overwhelmingly opposed by the American people.
Now, ‘experts’ aren’t always right. And popular ideas aren’t always good ideas.
But going back now some four years, who can point to even a single Bush administration decision in Iraq, either strategic or tactical, that didn’t turn out to be either a bad idea or a complete disaster? Anything? One good call?
When the president goes before the people on Wednesday, he is basically saying, trust me.
It’s never really possible to know what the future will bring, especially for most of us who may have gut level instincts about military strategy but little detailed operational knowledge. But given the track record and the fact that few people outside the White House seem to think this is a good idea, what possible basis is there to put any trust in Bush’s latest gambit?