Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Pre-Surge

Everyone, including the White House, thinks the Surge in Iraq began in January 2007. But according to John McCain, it started before that.

The Arizona senator has told reporters during a stop at a super market in Bethlehem, Pa., that what the Bush administration calls “the surge” was actually “made up of a number of components.” McCain says some components of the surge began before Bush ordered more U.S. troops into Iraq.

McCain says U.S. Col. Sean MacFarland started carrying out elements of a new counterinsurgency strategy as early as December 2006.

That still doesn’t explain how Mr. McCain’s interpretation of history does not violate the Temporal Prime Directive by having the Surge be the impetus for the Anbar Awakening, which began several months before the Surge.