The new NIE, which reflects the consensus of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, has significant implications for Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, whose differences over the Iraq war are a major issue in the presidential campaign.So it's clear the surge did not accomplish its true purpose, which was to allow for political reconciliation among Iraqis. So do we continue to spend 10 billion dollars a month and the lives of our soldiers keeping a "peace" in Iraq that the Iraqis themselves don't seem to want - or what?
The findings seem to cast doubts on McCain's frequent assertions that the United States is "on a path to victory" in Iraq by underscoring the deep uncertainties of the situation despite the 30,000-strong U.S. troop surge for which he was the leading congressional advocate.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Iraq Path to Victory
John McCain repeatedly reminds us that the "surge worked" and that we are on a path to victory in Iraq. It appears that the latest National Intelligence Estimate does not agree with McCain.