The Crashing Escalation Surge (July 9, 2007)
The escalation surge in Iraq is not working. Less than three months away from the promised results, the answer is clear. Even two or three or four hundred thousand troops would only make a terrible situation even more desperate. More is less. Less is more. Bush likely will assert “mission accomplished” or demand a further extension of time to show results. Bush should claim victory and begin the withdrawal.
Few have argued lately that more Americans must be killed so those who have been killed will not have died in vain. [See the e-ssay dated February 27, 2006 entitled “The Arithmetic of Futility”]. More casualties must accrue before any sustained opposition will develop. Each village now has lost a son or daughter (or grand niece or fishin’ buddy or Eagle Scout or practical joker); each town a few; each city a few more. There are likely to be a few public statements when the death toll hits 4000. The critical mass may be 5000 dead and 35,000 to 50,000 serious casualties. Daily war statistics are becoming as pedestrian as daily car crash statistics. A few die on the road to Baghdad and a few die on the roads every day. Body counts may not count. They volunteered anyway, they observe.
Bumper sticker of the week:
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.