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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

DLCB

"Another Bush lie -- he claims the military developed the surge strategy, when in fact it was developed by a think tank (AEI) neocon fellow Fred Kagan -- a guy who never served in the military and has never been to Iraq. Bush military advisors who opposed the surge (including on-the-field Generals Casey and Abizaid) were relieved of duty."

-DailyKos

Wow. Bush caught in an actual lie! So I followed the link. And then I followed its link. And ya know, the Joint Chiefs do seem opposed to the Surge 'plan.' Of course, I couldn't find any actual quotes from anyone in the military, but the Surge 'plan' is and always has been a transparent political maneuver. Its tactical effectiveness is not why it was done. I'm happy believing that the military opposes the Surge 'plan.'

What stuck out at me was that there was no quote from Bush. Ya know, where he lied? Where he said that the military developed the Surge 'plan?' In fact, following the links, it seems that last fall during the initial political rhetoric, Bush openly admitted that the military wasn't thrilled. Here's an actual quote from a newspaper shill:

"The Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to U.S. officials familiar with the intense debate." - Shill

So this was public knowledge last year. Incidentally, I included an actual quote because I'm not a delusional lying communist bastard like the Kos writers. Still no quotes from the parties involved though. Oh, wait, here's one:

"Asked if he would overrule his own military commanders if they opposed a plan to increase troop levels in Iraq, Bush called the question a "dangerous hypothetical."

"Let me wait and gather all the recommendations from Bob Gates, from our military, from diplomats on the ground interested in the Iraqis' point of view and then I'll report back to you as to whether or not I support a surge or not.""

-CNN

CNN finally caught on to the story on December 20, apparently, which was about 3 months after it became common knowledge. So there's a quote from Bush implicitly saying that he or his cronies came up with the plan and wanted military feedback.

Therefore, the Kos writers are delusional lying commie bastards. But we already knew that.

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