What to do when the surge doesn’t work? | SummitDaily.com

What to do when the surge doesn’t work?

Alec BakerSilverthorne

President Bush and almost every Republican presidential candidate has refused to talk about what happens if come September, the surge has not worked and we need to reassess what is to be done in Iraq. To say the least, not even discussing what the plan is should the surge fail is nothing but disastrous wartime leadership. If we truly are at war, as the Republicans are so keen on reminding us, then they need to realize that war is a deadly serious business and things very rarely go the way we want them to. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, and we need to have contingencies when, not if, our original plan does not go as we hope. Pessimism is necessary during war time, and the refusal to even entertain alternatives should the surge not go as planed is dangerous and irresponsible in the extreme. It will lead to the needless deaths of both Iraqis and Americans and the shipshod, ad hoc war policy we have seen come from the current administration, and should render anyone who expresses such a belief unfit to lead this country during a time of war.

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