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Monday, March 19, 2007

General David Petraeus

I used to have a great deal of respect for General David Petraeus.

He did a very good job curbing insurgency in his sector of Iraq at the beginning of the occupation.

His Handbook on Counter-Insurgency is a superb analysis of the strategies and tactics needed in Iraq.

His credibility took a severe hit when he endorsed the Bush Administration mini-surge and agreed to take command in the field. After all, we now know that General Eric Shinseki was right in saying that about 300,000 troops would be needed to pacify a population the size of Iraq's.

This week, his credibility nose-dived to zero with his call for nearly 3,000 more troops.

It looks to me that we are entering a period of incremental escalation. Step by bloody step we are sending more and more young men and women into the quagmire that Iraq has become.

It is time to call a halt. If the President won't, then Congress must.

Sent to the New York Times

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