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Iraq Surge

For Obama, Europe is Won -- Now It's on to America!

Carl Jeffers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

There are signs, particularly in some key swing states that McCain might have a chance to win. Obama still has still not defined himself in a way that tells the American people "who he really is."

Everything is Excellent News for John McCain

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
August J. Pollak

Because anything that happens to Barack Obama will be the death of his campaign. To see more of August J. Pollak's cartoon "Some Guy With a Websit...

The Surge Postgame: How Effective Was It?

The American Prospect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The past few weeks have been momentous for the national conversation about Iraq. Nouri al-Maliki's explicitly stated insistence on a timetable for Ame...

Withdrawing from Iraq, Reinforcing Afghanistan

Joe Galloway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Galloway

Bush and McCain had barely completed even one Iraq victory lap singing hosannas to the surge when they were obliged to begin thinking and talking about how they're going to shore up a failing policy in Afghanistan.

Sam Stein

McCain Offshore Drilling Battle Reminiscent Of Iraq Surge, Aide Says | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An aide to John McCain synthesized the Senator's two favorite topics into one political thesis today: his support for off-shore drilling and his polic...

Jason Linkins

McCain's Surge Gaffe Actually Acknowledged On MSNBC | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A perfect example of how badly the media muddies the water when it comes to the Iraq War occurred in the late morning on MSNBC. At around 11:40, Cont...

Depends on What the Meaning of the Word 'Is' (Surge) Is

Adam Blickstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Blickstein

The stakes are far higher now in dealing with a war than with adultery. But in both instances, the manipulation of words, whether active or passive, matter.

Chuck Hagel: Quit Talking About The Surge, Focus On War's Future

AP | ANNA JO BRATTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OMAHA, Neb. — Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, fresh from an Iraq trip with Democrat Barack Obama, said the presidential candidates should focus on ...

Troop-Withdrawal Advocates Gain an Important Ally

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Conventional wisdom maintains that the surge is working and that violence is down. But the underlining reasons for much of the violence in Iraq is beyond the surge's control.

Seth Colter Walls

McCain Tries To Cover Surge Mistake With Attack | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a quote to the AP, John McCain's rapid response man delivered the campaign's first reaction to the news that the Arizona Republican bungled the his...

Jason Linkins

Scarborough Defames Bloggers Who Are Right On 'Surge' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For all of my ideological differences with the man, I've always appreciated the way MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has seemed to applaud and encourage people...

Jason Linkins

Katie Couric To Obama: People Are "Scratching Their Heads" About Your Opposition To Surge | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When Katie Couric told Haaretz that "The glory days of TV news are over," her words framed what looked like a lament, but her recent interview with Obama makes them seem like a threat.

Seth Colter Walls

The Democrats' National Security Hangover | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lately, Democrats have been having a party on national security. An Admiral who wants more troops in Afghanistan, the Bush administration's diplomatic...

Why John McCain's "Surge" Success Story is a Lie

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

McCain's belief that the surge "won the war" contradicts the substance of the "status of force" agreement the Bush administration has been trying to ram down the Iraqi government's throat.

Confessions of an Anti-Iraq War Democrat: Memories of a Purple Finger

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Many anti-war Democrats now see a moral obligation (after all the carnage and destruction wrought by our military intervention) not just to pick up and leave Iraq without looking over our shoulders.

'Surge' Ends With More Troops In Iraq Than Before Buildup Began

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's top military officer said Wednesday that he is likely to recommend further troop reductions in Iraq this fall. Adm....

Like Vagueness? Elect McCain Commander In Chief

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

McCain's call for an "integrated" "multi-front" plan for victory in Aghanistan is just gobbledygook for "stay the course but make tweaks around the margins."

Jason Linkins

Mitt Romney: McCain Invented Counterinsurgency Doctrine | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tin-plated fraud-bot Mitt Romney, who would say just about anything to get the nomination, has been out recently demonstrating that he'd say just abou...

Is McCain Flip-Flopping, Calling for Draft, or Just in Fantasy Land?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

If McCain is serious about an indefinite commitment to Iraq, with no timetable for when the troops come home, then he doesn't have the troops to make any meaningful "surge" in Afghanistan.

Seth Colter Walls

Obama Spokeswoman Hits Back At McCain's New Afghanistan Argument | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iraq may be back on the political front lines, as MSNBC's First Read notes today, but with it comes Afghanistan. Sen. Barack Obama has long claimed th...

Marketing a Myth: How John McCain Actually Got The Surge Wrong

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

The fall-off in violence in Iraq had almost nothing to do with the increase in American troop levels -- and everything to do with actually talking with and supporting the previous insurgents.

Who's Paying The Biggest Price Now For Our War In Iraq? Our National Guard.

Bobby Muller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bobby Muller

Almost half of the soldiers scheduled to deploy to Iraq are members of our National Guard. We can't maintain this -- it is another cost of the war, one that is too great for our country to bear.

Surge Amnesia: The Media's Newest Affliction

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Buoyed by a reduction in violence in Iraq, John McCain is running a "the surge has worked" victory lap and war supporters like Condi "I'm Proud to Have Overthrown Saddam" Rice are beating their chests.

The Simple Arithmetic of a Fraudulent Surge

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Fiderer

From its inception, the Iraq war strategy was like a plan to fly across the Pacific without enough fuel to get to the other side. The surge made the plane fly faster. Our troops are the jet fuel.

Iraq Is The Economy, Stupid

Alan Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Fein

Every day, pollsters ask voters to rank issues, separating "the Iraq war" from "the economy," as if they have nothing to do with each other. In fact, they have everything to do with each other.