America’s Occupation Trumps the “Surge” and Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Manual

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by Walter C. Uhler
The Smirking Chimp
May 6, 2008

As three months of news reports of escalating violence in Iraq undercut widespread American propaganda about the “surge’s” success, increasing numbers of Americans, once again, are reaching the conclusion that the Bush administration’s illegal, immoral and incompetent invasion and occupation of Iraq is a war that never should have been fought. According to the results of CNN/Opinion Research Poll reported on 1 May 2008, 68 percent of Americans now oppose George W. Bush’s war in Iraq.

These Americans have (belatedly) gotten it right. Moreover, five years after viewing the sick “Mission Accomplished” propaganda, it’s now becoming clear that the “surge” and the implementation of the counterinsurgency strategy detailed in General Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Field Manual were last-ditch and largely propaganda gimmicks chosen by Bush to avoid admitting his stark defeat in Iraq. Thus, Bush and Cheney are sacrificing lives while playing for time — time to escape office without being impeached and convicted, time to assert that the war was not lost during their watch.

Simply consider the words of Andrew Bacevich, in his recent article “Surging to Defeat.” Not only are American and Iraqi forces still suffering from nearly 500 attacks per week, “the United States today finds itself with too much war and too few warriors.”


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