We know the
fable: A brave and determined U.S. President "stays the course,"
surging more troops into harms way despite the unpatriotic opposition
of the antiwar appeasers. And, sure enough, it works!
And now, the
claims, The Surge is over. Is that a good thing?
Don’t be too
we know that when the British withdrew from Basra – as part
of The Surge – violence fell. Drastically. Just
as the Iraqis & Brits predicted it would –
Iraq (Reuters) – Residents of Iraq’s southern city of Basra
have begun strolling riverfront streets again after four years of
fear, their city much quieter since British troops withdrew from
the grand Saddam Hussein-era Basra Palace. …Mortar rounds, rockets
and small arms fire crashed almost daily into the palace, making
life hazardous for British and Iraqis alike in Iraq’s second-largest
city. To many Basrans the withdrawal of the British a month ago
removed a proven target.
– Iraqis say Basra quieter after British troop pullout, Aref
Mohammed, uk.reuters.com, Mon Oct 1, 2007 3:12pm BST
just as in Vietnam,
the American Government hadn’t
done its homework. At least not until General David Petraeus
– apparently the architect of The Surge – took
over. Or perhaps the meager U.S. homework was just swamped by the
pre-war prevarications purveyed by the Bush Administration,
apparently as another
deliberate war induction scam.
is a student of counter-insurgency and so, unlike his predecessors,
apparently knew that once the Iraqi people were aroused against
the occupiers, the so-called
"war" couldn’t be won in the conventional way, not
even with thousand-pound bombs, Abrams tanks, white
even with torture. The
Battle of Algiers called "one of the most influential
political films in history" documented the probable outcome
of such a counter-insurgency faux pas – and was specially
screened by the Pentagon just months after Mr. Bush declared
victory in Iraq on May 1, 2003. So the general almost certainly
knew that, counterintuitively to the hierarchical mind-set, more
military action by foreigners would only escalate the resistance.
We also know
The Surge was remarkably small, and yet had an almost miraculous
result: Much less violence. How could that be?
of General Petraeus was to heed the lessons from The Battle of
Algiers (and nearly all other occupations) and withdraw U.S.
– and so-called
"coalition" – troops from direct action as much
as possible and turn things over to the locals –
community after community, Sunni groups who were once in league
with al-Qaeda have switched sides and are working with the U.S.
the Shiite side of Iraq’s sectarian chasm, something similar is
happening. About 70,000 local, pro-government groups, a bit like
neighborhood watch groups, have formed to expose extremist militias,
according to Stephen Biddle of the Council on Foreign Relations….
USA TODAY, 13 December, 2007
By the way,
the "once in league with al-Qaeda" above is mostly a sop
to the home audience since according to the U.S. military’s own
figures, "al-Qaeda In Iraq" comprises less than 2% of
the "insurgents." And some quite credible BBC-affiliated
skeptics even suggest al-Qaeda
itself may be an inadvertent creation of the U.S. Justice System.
So, let’s put
the pieces together: Despite the P.R. blitz to the contrary and
the increase in the number of troops "in country,"
The Surge was actually in the other direction. Out
of combat, not into it. That was the genius of Gen. Petraeus.
And no, one
of the oldest cultures in the world can’t gain peace, prosperity,
and freedom – and begin to re-govern itself – via thousand-pound
bombs, napalm, and torture – especially from outside sources.
And despite the U.S. homework deficit and in the face of the childish
U.S. Government talking point, the Iraqis are and have been
"standing up" and taking responsibility for themselves
on both sides of the
Minister Maliki just told the U.S. Government he
wants a withdraw deadline for U.S. troops. You know, when a
puppet tells his puppet-masters to get lost, maybe it really
is time to go, an excellent opportunity to follow The Surge
to it’s logical conclusion.
you’re surging – despite Mr. Obama’s sudden
tack right – you might want to surge-on straight out of
Afghanistan too. And not make the mistake of surging into
Pakistan – apparently Mr. Obama’s ticket to ride the
militaryindustrialcongressional complex – right alongside
you’re at it, why not surge all
U.S. troops out of all foreign countries and save the
trillion or so dollars of taxpayer money per year Ron Paul estimates
that would save. Then, perhaps, you might end military
Keynesianism – and even save
the U.S. from economic collapse.
So don’t waste
any more time, dudes. Surge-on home.
Do it NOW!