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Success of the Surge

By McCain's Measure, the Surge Failed
(Just Ask an Iraqi Leader)

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adele Stan

Critics may quibble with John McCain's definition of the surge in Iraq -- a little bit this, a little bit that. But to go after McCain on his definit...

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.

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.

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.

The Real Cost Of Staying The Course

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

If Americans who support this war aren't willing to put their own bodies where their rhetoric is, there can be no sustainability.

Buying Time

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

The fragile success of the surge can be easily reversed. Now the issue is sustaining the current conditions long enough for us to start bringing our troops home.

Why I Voted Against Promoting Petraeus

Sen. Robert Byrd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Robert Byrd

The jury is still out on the success or failure of the "surge strategy." General Petraeus should bring it to its conclusion before he is rewarded with a promotion.

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.

Jason Linkins

Globe Columnist Gets It Right On Iraq | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even with all the Iraq War criticism out there, it is rare to find a writer who manages to get it as right as Andrew J. Bacevich does in today's Bosto...

Jason Linkins

'Mission Accomplished' Anniversary: NYT Celebrates With Panel Who Largely Got It Wrong | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This past Sunday, the New York Times presented a symposium of sorts on the future of the Iraq War, titled "How To See This Mission Accomplished." Hav...

Bush On Iraq: "My Measure Of Success Is Victory - And Success"

The Swamp | Mark Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Bush was asked today what he says to critics who see no end in sight in the war in Iraq - is it an open-ended war? And he effectively said i...

The 100 Years Defense Makes No Sense

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

Whether it's fighting in Iraq for 100 years or just staying for 100 years under some fantastical scenario where our troops stop being targets, McCain's idea doesn't really make much sense.

Virtue Out of Necessity: Bush Troop Decision Disingenuous

Lawrence Korb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Despite the president's assertion that the withdrawal of some troops represents a "return on success" from his "surge" policy, he is merely making a virtue out of necessity.

Jason Linkins

Pelosi Calls Out Petraeus For Parroting Bush Spin | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

We noted yesterday the bizarre way that General Petraeus' testimony changed between his Tuesday appearance before the Senate committees and his Wednes...

Jason Linkins

Crocker Continues To Conflate Sunni Resistance With al Qaeda | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the problems at the root of the so-called "surge" is that it was sold as a means to bring about a broad reconciliation between warring factions...

Jason Linkins

Petraeus Shifts Sharply On Basra, Aligns With White House Spin | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Perhaps sensing that his testimony on Tuesday was undermining the official White House version of events in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus today offered a ...

Jason Linkins

N.Y. Times On Iraq: Awash In Symbolism | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Via Yglesias, we find the New York Times mealy-mouthing their way through Iraq war reportage: The Green Zone attacks Sunday were, symbolically at lea...

Jason Linkins

Wall Street Journal Pregames Petraeus, Discounts Dissent | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On one level, it is fortunate that the Wall Street Journal, a day before General David Petraeus arrives on Capitol Hill to re-engage his attempts to s...

John McCain Iraq Progress Speech Interrupted By News Of Green Zone Attacks

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, making the case for the "unmistakable progress" in Iraq. A telling moment in hi...

Jason Linkins

Chris Wallace, Bill Kristol Chat Up An Iraq War Fantasy | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace and Bill Kristol had themselves a tidy little conversation on an Iraq War. I say "an" Iraq War, because whate...

Jason Linkins

McCain Clueless, Contradictory On al-Sadr's Influence In Iraq | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For all of John McCain's claims to both foreign policy experience and a keen understanding on what needs to be done in Iraq, it seems that with each p...

Jason Linkins

Dana Perino, The Gift That Keeps On Giving: A Neverending Surge | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Years after missions were declared to have been accomplished in Iraq, it's still difficult to get a straight answer out of the Bush administration as ...

Is "Success" Of Iraq Surge About To Unravel?

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A cease-fire with Muqtada al Sadr and his loyalists in the Mahd army is showing signs of deterioration. The agreement, which has been critical to the...

McCain Surrogate: "Christian Right" A Serious Problem

Haaretz | Shmuel Rosner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The location keeps changing, and the speakers might be different as well, but the goal remains the same: courting the Jewish vote. Today, it was in Wa...

David Petraeus: Iraqis Not Making "Sufficient Progress"

Washington Post | Cameron Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With a Senate appearance looming to explain the success of President Bush's surge in Iraq, Gen. David Petreaus has offered his starkest commentary yet...