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Mini-Surge

By Matthew Yglesias

"Mini-Surge"

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As you’re recall, Bush is going to fix the Iraq War by firing George Casey and listening to Fred Kagan instead. Kagan said we should send 50,000 additional troops to Iraq for at least 18 months. Bush agreed. Which is why he’s sending 20,000 troops and now has general Casey saying they’re home by summer. Or, rather, that they “could begin to be withdrawn by late summer” but only “if security conditions improve in Baghdad.” A classic Iraq War formulation. As I recall the baseline occupation force was going to begin withdrawing in late 2003 if security conditions improve. The whole thing has, at this point, become an exceptionally cruel farce. Meanwhile, Iranian efforts to defend their tanks against our airplanes are “offensive” actions that the United States needs to worry about.

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