Explaining the Surge

Where’s the Outrage Over Escalation?
By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Wednesday, January 3, 2007; 2:28 PM

The American voters in November made it clear that it’s time to start withdrawing from Iraq. Political leaders from both parties and any number of experts are increasingly coming to the realization that American soldiers are dying, day in and day out, in pursuit of an unattainable goal.

So what is President Bush about to do? By all indications: escalate. His “new way forward” in Iraq appears to call for more troops — along with a series of other measures that might have helped if he’d taken them three years ago.

News reports suggest that Bush’s plan is not likely to win enthusiastic support, even from within his own party. But my question is: Where’s the outrage?

If the vox populi and the cognoscenti agree that throwing more American bodies at the problem will only result in more American deaths, then how is the apparent Bush plan anything short of a betrayal of the troops and an expression of contempt for the will of the people?

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