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February 18, 2013 - Harry Eagar
Senator John McCain continued his tirade against Chuck Hagel Sunday, again scolding him for predicting that the "surge" in Iraq would be the worst foreign policy mistake since Vietnam. McCain picked a bad day for it, since a coordinated series of bombings across Baghdad killed dozens of Shiites.
Just like before the surge.
Commentators from all angles of the political spectrum usually treat the surge as a success. Often, until he got caught with his zipper open, using its alleged success to praise General Petreus.
It is only stating (but, regretably not restating) the obvious to say that the surge was a failure.
If its goal was to give our defeated Army time and space to retreat in orderly fashion from the battlefield, then you could call it a success. But that wasn't what it was sold as.
Before the surge, Iraq was having a civil war, with Sunni rebels successfully paralyzing a mostly Shiite central government. And now, Iraq is having a civil war, with Sunni rebels successfully paralyzing a mostly Shiite central government. Not that the Sunni had to do much, since the Maliki government was barely functioning anyway.
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