2008 But Is the Surge Working?
posted by June 2 at 10:05 AMon
The NYT was pretty proud of itself for busting McCain on his inaccurate statement about troop numbers in Iraq. (A little too proud, actually, turning much of their article into a blow-by-blow account of the scrap between McCain’s spokesman and the NYT itself. One gotcha sentence on the actual number of troops would have sufficed.)
However, let’s take a look at what the NYT did not debunk.
Here’s the statement McCain made at a Wisconsin town hall meeting last week that the NYT set out to pulverize:
“I can tell you it [the surge] is succeeding,” he said. “I can look you in the eye and tell you it is succeeding. We have drawn down to pre-surge levels. Basra, Mosul and now Sadr City are quiet.”
Yes, the Times (and the Obama campaign) are right that McCain is off base about troop levels (and pop quiz, Sen. McCain: Tyra Banks— Shia or Sunni?), but what about the emotional and political center of McCain’s claim, the part he’ll back up by “looking you in the eye,” — the claim that the surge is working?
Can Obama or the NYT debunk that?