Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tom Engelhardt on The Surge

In this article Tom Engelhardt argues, quite astutely, I believe, that the main "success" of the surge has not been in Iraq but in the U.S. This seems quite right to me. After all, Dahr Jamail and Ashley Smith have eviscerated the claims for success in Iraq, and in spite of the continued obscenity of the war the antiwar movement is still basically moribund. Englehardt does an admirable job both analyzing the political effects of the surge and the reasons why violence in Iraq won't go away.