Surge Not Fully Effective Until Just Before Report Due


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The troop surge in Iraq is not scheduled to be fully deployed and effective until just a few weeks before Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to tell Congress and the president whether the surge is working. There is some debate as to whether the offer of reporting in September is disingenuous on the part of the administration.

Without a doubt, in my mind at least, there is already an outline of the report written that says the surge is working but needs more time as they've only just reached full deployment strength.

It will also site the fact that a stated September deadline for the report has emboldened the insurgents to step up their attacks to make the surge appear to be a failure.

The president will seek more time for the surge to work and will, no doubt, receive it from this Congress. The only question that remains is what unrelated concession will democrats get as part of the next funding bill.

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