My biggest concern about the surge is that we are signing on to the concept that "success" in Iraq means not having much violence in Baghdad. This may be a standard of success that cannot be achieved in the time the administration has available, and it isn't obvious to me that peace in Baghdad is a prerequisite to achieving our strategic goals. Nevertheless, President Bush has concluded, and has stated publicly, that in his view, a far lower level of violence in Baghdad is indeed a prerequisite to success; hence the surge. I hope that he is right in believing that increased American force in Baghdad can make a big enough difference to matter.Oh? What are the strategic goals? This is at least one of them, according to Jet-Butt's hero.
We are removing a source of violence and instability, and laying the foundation of peace...President George W. Bush, June 28th, 2003
Jeez, John, what happened to the liberation met with flowers and candies?