New rule. You have to call things what they are.
Surge = Escalation.
There is absolutely nothing in the track record so far to suggest that putting another 20,000 troops in harm’s way is going to change the way things are going in Iraq.
The President and his Administration have not had one single thing go the way that they said it would go so far in this war. Why should we believe them at this point.
The tally so far:
3,015 U.S. military deaths
46,880 non-mortal U.S. military casualties (as of 12/02/06)
5,915 Iraqi military deaths
53,101 to 58,704 Iraqi civilian deaths
over $357,070,768,522 in Congressional Appropriations
1 dead dictator
1 civil war
0 weapons of mass destruction
By the way, the above expenditures could have paid for 47,294,048 children to have attended a year of Head Start; or could have paid for health insurance for one year for 213,814,562 children; or could have hired 6,188,072 additional public school teachers for one year; or could have built 3,215,084 additional housing units; or could have provided four-year scholarships at public universities for 17,309,999 students.
But now we can’t.
Because we spent that money to blow shit up.