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It all depends on what the criteria for success is when you measure the "effectiveness" of the surge. If you mean reality-based criteria then you detail things like deaths and security and political advance.

But this is the Bush White House where success is never having to admit you're wrong. So they kidded everybody for 9 months with this strategy. Next there'll be the "too soon to tell" strategy, that'll keep them going for another 6 - 8 months. Then it'll be the "we can't commit the next president to a strategy" strategy.

And George is home free, never having to admit he's wrong. Never having to pull the troops out on his presidency. Never being a cut and run president, never having his helicopter in Saigon moment. Back to Crawford and all his frat boy chums.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 20th, 2007 at 04:11:06 PM EST
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