Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Game is 21. Hit me!

by Ken Houghton

Well, the speech is apparently out. (Sick daughter, sick wife, sick me, and some laundry/sitting and staring.)

Look at the first graphic in Tom's post below. From December 2005 to January 2006, the troop level dropped 23,000. From January to May of 2004, there was a surge of about 38,000&mash;more than 1.5 times the current surge.

John Hinderaker at Powerline said, "[T]he new strategies sound to me like good ideas–one wonders why some of them weren't implemented some time ago..."

I fear that the short answer is they were, they failed, and 21,000 more troops are being sentenced to a Mad Caucus Race that is scheduled to end on someone else's watch, so that the glorious SMU George W. Bush Library doesn't have to talk about withdrawal, only casualtieshearts and minds.

UPDATE: Most interesting sentence from today's (Thursday's) WSJ editorial:
Put in simplest terms, Mr. Bush seems finally to have decided that the way to defeat the insurgency is to protect the population, especially in Baghdad.

And they came to PRAISE him!
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