The problem is simple. We think in terms of number, politics and statistics, rather than common sense. With so much talk on Capitol Hill, surprisingly few analysts outside Jack Jacobs have noted the troop surge is less than a 15 percent increase in Iraq. While Senators bicker over the surge, they swear in General David Petraeus, the new commander in Iraq, who suggests that an additional 120,000 troops are needed for stability in Iraq. But who’s counting?
The terms “winning” and “losing” no longer really apply in Iraq. A better strategy might consist of “going big or going home.” I’m tired of listening to the politicians. We must either totally commit to Iraq, or withdraw. There is no middle ground that does not mire us down.