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The Surge

Afghanistan Bananastan

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Republicans are using the Obama-McChrystal episode as an opportunity for fear-mongering. Sen. John McCain said ignoring McChrystal's troop request would be "an error of historic proportions."

Dear President Obama: New Orleans Needs a Surge

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dalton-Beninato

You are invited to impose security. Strategy, slogans, a new direction, we'll take it all. You are now marching toward escalation; please escalate at home to reassure a crime-weary New Orleans.

Was The Surge Just A Fig Leaf?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harry Shearer

As the stage is being set for an "AfPak Surge," it might be time to take a look at Surge 1.0, in the now-forgotten war, the one in Iraq.

Obama Should Adopt the "Public Option" in Afghanistan

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leon T. Hadar

Will Obama disappoint the foreign policy elites or will he, like Bush, send a "Drop Dead" message to the American people?

Get Your War On: The Surge (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Who loves the surge, people! Who knows what the surge is? Accounts Payable does. Can he teach Accounts Receivable the error of his ways? Are these two...

25 Things I Will Not Miss About McCain, Palin and the GOP

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

6. I will not miss hearing that trickle down economics is the way to keep America strong despite the fact that it's nearly destroyed us financially during the past eight years

The Surge "Success" Debunked

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

Iraq remains a powder keg. "The Surge" has done little to increase security, a state of civil war remains and regional conflict threatens greater problems for the future.

John McCain's Surging Lie

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

McCain wants us to talk solely about whether the surge of US troops last year has been successful. But a hole was just blown in that argument -- and blood is rushing through.

Conventional Wisdom Surging

Edward Humes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Humes

Two highly suspect yet seemingly unkillable narratives continue to swirl through the election largely unchallenged: the undeniable success of "The Surge" and McCain's reputation as a proven military leader.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

In asserting this week that the surge has "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams," Obama was buying into the Republicans' framing on Iraq. As the Shiite-run Iraqi government is rounding up the Sunni leaders of the Awakening who were at the heart of the reduction in violence, political reconciliation -- the actual goal of the surge -- remains a mirage. McCain's amnesia platform holds that the outcome of the surge is the sum total of the Iraq scorecard -- wiping everything else clean. Forget invading over non-existent WMD, taking our eye off al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, war profiteering and the empowering of Iran. And forget that Gen. Petraeus wants to delay planned troop cuts because he realizes that widespread violence could easily return to Iraq. Success beyond our wildest dreams? Perhaps when Sarah Palin said, "victory in Iraq is finally in sight," she was talking about a PR victory.

Why Obama Cheered the Surge on O'Reilly

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

What could Obama have possibly been thinking when he told Bill O'Reilly that the Iraq war surge is not only working but working beyond his wildest dreams?

McCain's Geopolitics: The Surge And Success

Keith Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Keith Davis

McCain was the preferred candidate of neocons in 2000. His domestic concerns pale in light of his vision of America abroad. In that context, most disturbing may be his enabling attitude to subversion of the government from within.

'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....

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.

Shiite Fighting In Iraq Exposes Weakness Of Iraqi Security Forces

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This week, the final U.S. Army brigade deployed to Baghdad as part of the troop surge returns to the United States. And that's only appropriate, as th...

The Myth Of The Surge: How Pentagon Policy Is Starting To Backfire

Rolling Stone | Nir Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's a cold, gray day in December, and I'm walking down Sixtieth Street in the Dora district of Baghdad, one of the most violent and fearsome of the c...

Army Chief Of Staff: "The Surge Has Sucked All Of The Flexibility Out Of The System"

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The following is excerpted from a Wall Street Journal article on General David Petraeus's indecision over Iraq troop withdrawals: Defense Secretary R...

Max Follmer

New Reports Undercut Claims that Surge Is Working

HuffingtonPost.com | Max Follmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

New reporting from Baghdad and Washington has called into question the frequently asserted claim that the military surge in Iraq is working. In parti...