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"We know the surge has worked," Graham told the Republican National Convention. "The only people who deny it are Barack Obama and his buddies at MoveOn.org. Why won't they admit it?"
"Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying Barack Obama doesn't care. I'm just saying he doesn't get it. ... The surge was a test for Barack Obama. He failed miserably."
Originally posted by jamie83 Leaving Iraq in chaos and civil war would have destabilized the entire region, at which point Iran would have become the dominant player.
Originally posted by jamie83
Yes, Graham gets it entirely correct.
At the time of the surge, the choices were withdraw and leave the country in a civil war or sending more troops to stabilize the situation. Leaving Iraq in chaos and civil war would have destabilized the entire region, at which point Iran would have become the dominant player.
The surge stabilized the situation and bought more time for the Iraqi government to take over.
Originally posted by matttheratt
But what bothers me even more is how republicans are trying to characterize the whole war as being a great success because there is less violence now than there had been.