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McCain and Bush have been gambling American lives and treasure in Iraq.

Time and time again, most of the "horses" that they bet on have lost: "shock and awe", disbanding the Iraqi military, de-Bathification, etc.

When they proposed "The Surge"TM, it seemed like just one more long-shot, in a long line of desperate gambles that have failed. Obama was absolutely right in opposing it, because the Administration's dismal track record meant the odds favored yet another failure.

Just because this long-shot gamble paid off, doesn't mean that it was a good bet in the first place.

McCain is a gambler at heart; he loves to shoot craps for high stakes (no doubt they are underwritten by his wealthy wife). Both he and Bush got lucky with "The Surge"....but that one win doesn't make up for all their other losing bets.

Continually betting American lives and treasure on Iraq is a mistake.

One long-shot win doesn't change that basic fact.

It's time to stop gambling with the lives of America's servicemen and servicewomen.

Originally posted to xynz on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 08:17 AM PDT.

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  •  Place your safe bets here. (2+ / 0-)
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    dharmafarmer, WSComn


    McCain mortgage policy shaped by banking lobbyist.

    by xynz on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 08:17:43 AM PDT

    •  You are correct. (0+ / 0-)

      I've always said to Rethuglicans who bring up the surge as a badge of honor for their arguments:  If we hadn't used illegal and idiotic reasoning to blunder our way into Iraq in the first place, we wouldn't have needed "The Surge", or over 4000 military coffins.

      They just don't seem to have the base intelligence to accept or understand the 'small', though salient fact of the matter.


      Obama/Biden, '08 - Because the failure of America as a democracy is not an option!

      by WSComn on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 08:28:17 AM PDT

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    •  You just threw snake eyes (1+ / 0-)
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      Hens Teeth

      Your admission and Obamas that the surge was and is a success are not only a losing argument they are absolute BULLSHIT.

      A surge,by definition,would only be a success if troop levels were at or below where they were when it started.

      What we did was an ESCALATION we "flooded the zone" with more troops which is costing us more money and excelerating the failure of our armed forces to maintain readiness.

      Obama let another opportunity to kick McCain in the teeth and take away the "we're winning" bullshit.

      by ctkeith on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 08:35:08 AM PDT

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  •  McCain had been calling for the surge for awhile (0+ / 0-)

    McCain knows how to win a war.  He opposed the administration on Iraq, and called for a surge.

    Calling the success irrelevant is ridiculous.  It shows that McCain knows how to win a war, and shows how naive Obama really is when it comes to foreign policy.

  •  the surge failed if Magoo wins because.. (2+ / 0-)
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    xynz, Hens Teeth

    if we have to occupy Iraq for years [until we get their oil] then we haven't established an independent nation.  magoo is too stupid to see the contradiction of his position.

    the surge has 'worked' only because the shiites believe we'll be gone soon.  if magoo is elected the place will go ballistic. be healed/the broken thing must come apart/then be rejoined.

    by Zacapoet on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 08:35:21 AM PDT

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