More Troops?

News reports, presumably generated from within the administration, suggest that President George W. Bush’s “new direction” in Iraq will be more of the same. An increase, or “surge,” in the number of U.S. troops appears to be in the works. President Bush’s refusal to admit error or failure will now lead to more error and more failure.

The ostensible reason for sending more troops is to control the sectarian violence engulfing...

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