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60 Minutes

60 Minutes was pre-empted by a tennis match here; for those who want to read their lead story:

Woodward: Military Brass Opposed Surge
Also Tells 60 Minutes U.S. Has Secret Military Capability; And That U.S. Has Been Spying On Iraq's PM

And if you follow the Podcasts link, you can listen to the  whole program.


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Sep. 8th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
60 Minutes was pre-empted by a tennis match here
Well, I guess we now know KCBS' priorities.
Sep. 8th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
They showed it here in Georgia. I was surprised by what was said.
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
But if the "military brass" opposed the surge, and the surge actually worked, then doesn't it discredit that same brass as not having good foresight?

Just saying...
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm still a mite unclear on the mission of the "surge" in the first place so have trouble gauging the success thereof. Doesn't seem to have enabled the Iraqi government to govern on its own without a lot of imported troops. Or to free up US soldiers for Afghanistan or anyplace else we might need them. Or decreased the estimated time to departure. What did it do besides temporarily squash some resistance until the troops left again?
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Then you are sadly misinformed about both the mission of the surge and the resulting success... a success that even Obama is admitting to:
Obama Says Iraq Surge Success Beyond `Wildest Dreams'

The most obvious success of the Surge is that the Anbar Province has been returned to Iraqi control, despite cynics two years ago calling it a lost cause. (This article quotes several nay-sayers from 12-30 months ago all saying that Anbar is lost and that the surge is a bad idea... all of which have been forced to change their opinion today).

Today, the majority of Iraqi provinces are back in the control of the Iraqi government, with our troops acting in support roles, not command. Just this morning, Bush announced more troop withdrawals:
    "One Marine battalion, numbering about 1,000 troops, will go home on schedule in November and not be replaced. An Army brigade of between 3,500 and 4,000 troops will leave in February. Accompanying that combat drawdown will be the withdrawal of about 3,400 support forces over next several months.

    "Here is the bottom line: While the enemy in Iraq is still dangerous, we have seized the offensive, and Iraqi forces are becomingly increasingly capable of leading and winning the fight," Bush said in remarks prepared for delivery to the National Defense University in Washington.

I hope that clears up some of the misinformation you had. The surge is working, and the war in Iraq is nearly won.
Sep. 9th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Are these troops who were involved in the surge?
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