Monday, June 28, 2010

Gen. Petraeus and the 'Surge' Myth

By Robert Parry
June 29, 2010

If there is one overriding consensus among Washington opinion leaders today, it is that Gen. David Petraeus is the perfect choice to turn around the failing war in Afghanistan because he supposedly already achieved such a feat in Iraq. But what if that conventional wisdom is wrong?

Read on.


Anonymous said...

Yes, it is a myth. General Petraeus knows that too. Even by his own formula there were never enough troops to fight a determined counter insurgency. With the insurgency already winding down, as noted in the article, it was easy to say the surge worked. But like so much else, it is based on a false premise that the escalation was responsible by way of increased fighting. But it was more like increase in payoffs that had more effect.

Christopher T. Brown said...

More of the same. I thought you might want to see these antiwar paintings: Abu Ghraib, Extraordinary Rendition, Casualites, Private Contractors, Massacre at Abu Jour, Orphans, Refugees, Detainees, Obey or die, Wikileaks Apr 2007 Civilian Massacres paintings 1,2,3,4.