Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Surge Failed

The assessment of another braying, wild-eyed opponent of the Iraq War, General David Petraeus:

Iraqi leaders have failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said Thursday.

Petraeus, who is preparing to testify to Congress next month on the Iraq war, said in an interview that "no one" in the U.S. and Iraqi governments "feels that there has been sufficient progress by any means in the area of national reconciliation," or in the provision of basic public services.
The surge has produced smatterings of temporary pacification here and there but has failed in its larger purpose.

It's long past time to declare victory and get out -- no more Friedman Units, no more comparisons of Iraq with Indiana. A million delusions, the US military, and a ghastly abundance of private contractors have done what they can do about Iraq, and Iraq is what it will be.


mikesdak said...

All the surge did was reduce the violence level to the past levels that were unacceptable then. The major players are saving their weapons for when we finally leave.
You right, Dale;what ever will be will be, and all we're doing is delaying the inevitable, whatever it is.
Incidentally, it is worth noting that the military has consistently been successful at what militaries do. We won the war - it's the postwar occupation/reconstruction that has been a disaster, and that's not a military mission.

Dale said...

Mike, you're right. What the military is capable of doing there has been done. Now keeping them there is lives down the drain and wasted money.

The remaining work is diplomatic and political. This is not the military's area, and I strongly question whether the USA, especially as presently governed, has any claim to answers in this area.

It's appalling.