Wesley Clark Flubs Surge Facts
5:34 PM, Jul 23, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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On MSNBC this morning, former Gen. Wesley Clark made some inaccurate statements about the application of the "surge" in Anbar province. "Actually, the surge was about Baghdad and it was not about Anbar province," he said. "They didn't bring more troops out to Anbar."
Actually, two Marine battalions were added to Anbar as part of the surge. But Clark's more glaring error is his contention that the "surge" amounted to nothing more than the deployment of more troops to Iraq. The "surge" strategy consisted not only of sending additional troop but also waging a counterinsurgency throughout Iraq.
Yet Clark grants more credit to the Saudis for buying off the Anbaris than the American troops for fighting a counterinsurgency.
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