Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Saturday, March 03, 2007
No Idiot
A commenter on Josh Marshall's blog made a great catch today:
"If you're really going to do a surge, you don't do it with 20,000, you do it with 250,000," he said, noting that Baghdad is a city of nearly 7 million people. But he said the United States cannot afford such a response; instead it has to come from the Iraqi Army.

Smith said he recently spoke with Gen. David Petraeus, the new top military commander in Iraq, who told him the troop surge has only a one in four chance of succeeding.
This was Senator Gordon Smith from Oregon defending his opposition to the escalation in Iraq.

Petraeus is no fool. He's been in Iraq and he's worked with the current administration. He knows it's long odds for success but likely signed on because someone got down on bended knee (I won't mention who).