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About that positive review of the surge… August 12, 2007

Posted by Jim Satterfield in The War in Iraq.

Steve Benen at Talking Points Memo points out some interesting details about the op-ed in the NYT by O’Hanlon and Pollack. First, in spite of the embrace of this article by the political right as somehow proving something about their belief in how to handle Iraq the only progress they noted was on the military front, not the political. No progress on the political front means no progress towards a long term solution. Secondly, the majority of the people they were able to speak to were those who were included in an itinerary developed by them for the DoD. There’s nothing damning about it but hopefully it would make for a more restrained and realistic assessment of what that op-ed meant.



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