He also gives a great summary of Bush's reaction to "surge".
Leaving is losing. "Stay the course" is no longer a possibility. So, that leaves... more troops!Everything I've read about the "surge" suggests that it's nothing more than Vietnam-style escalation, driven by Vietnam-style thinking and Vietnam-style obstinance. It's the logic of the gambler, selling his car and house in the belief that just one a little more cash will solve all his problems. Avoiding it is the very reason why the Powell Doctrine was invented.
And, now, it's the logic of Dubya's last stand.
God help us all.