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"The Bush-Petraeus Surge" aka "The McCain Doctrine"

4:00 PM, Jul 18, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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On the home page, Peter Wehner thoroughly documents the Democratic opposition to the surge, at least before it was glaringly obvious that the surge had succeeded. One of the many choice quotes in the article is Dick Durbin's statement slamming the "Bush-Petraeus report":

In September 2007, Senator Dick Durbin, the Democratic majority whip, in anticipation of congressional testimony by General Petraeus, said, "By carefully manipulating the statistics, the Bush-Petraeus report will try to persuade us that violence in Iraq is decreasing and thus the surge is working. Even if the figures were right, the conclusion is wrong."

Funny thing: by the time of the April 2008 Petraeus hearings, the Democrats were no longer talking about the "Bush-Petraeus report."

We also no longer hear about "the Bush-Petraeus surge," as Sen. Chuck Schumer dubbed it in September 2007. "[T]he Bush-Petraeus surge had failed to meet its objective," Schumer said at a press conference. "And let me be clear: the violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge."

And for some reason, I don't think that any Democrats will be calling the surge "The McCain Doctrine" ever again.