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"Give the 'Surge' a chance"

Pete Hegseth, executive director of Vets for Freedom, has an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal today by that title. In it, he debunks a few myths about Gen. Petraeus's Iraq statements, his Baghdad security plan, and the "Surge" itself.

While I dislike referring to the so-called "surge" at all - given the fact that it is so often mistakenly spoken of as the entire Iraq strategy in and of itself - Lt. Hegseth does a very good job here of explaining some often mistaken, misstated details and issues surrounding its employment.


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At 5:34 PM, Blogger rick the mouseherder said...

Of course what he doesn't say is important, too. Such as there has never been an occupation of an arab country by a western nation that ended well.

Also, he neglects to mention the absolute lack of political progress made by the princes of the green zone on any of the difficult issues while we spend blood and treasure to give them a chance to form a country.

Finally, if 1st LT Hegseth is such a fan of the war, perhaps he should abandon the Army National Guard and join the regular Army or Marines, some of whom are on their 3rd or 4th tour of Iraq and worn out, and fight out the rest his war on the ground, implementing his ideas and strategies.

At 5:37 PM, Blogger J.P. Emanuel said...

Ah yes, the infamous "they're all killing each other anyway" and "anybody who supports liberating Iraq is a chickenhawk" arguments.

Both blatantly false, and both displaying a lack of (or lack of desire for) information.

Here's Lt. Hegseth's profile. As you see, he's served in Iraq. Please try to do better next time :-)


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