SURGE UPDATE….Whither the surge? The LA Times quotes a “senior Republican leadership aide”:
For any kind of a surge, they would have to show that the surge itself was limited. It would have to be six months or a year, tops.
Compare and contrast with Sen. John McCain:
The worst of all worlds would be a short, small surge of U.S. forces. This troop surge [must be] significant and sustained; otherwise, don’t do it.
Right. Meanwhile, AP reports that even Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is skeptical about the surge. I would be too if I had read this:
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said this past week that any new effort to stabilize Baghdad would likely involve traditional, large-scale U.S. operations as well as nighttime raids by smaller, more mobile forces.
That should work well. After all, “traditional, large-scale U.S. operations” have been such a resounding success in the past. Crikey.