The military surge in Iraq is failing. Sure, violence in the country is down significantly, but that's as much due to the Sunni Awakening
, which began
significantly before the surge got going in 2007
. Unfortunately, everyone, particularly the McCain campaign, seems to have forgotten that the goal of the surge was to provide political stability, and it totally hasn't
For starters, the Maliki government is threatening
the tribes of the Sunni Awakening, which are currently US funded
. Even better, the Maliki government is also getting up in the face of the Kurds
. Not to mention the militias following Moqtada al-Sadr, who are currently
abiding by a cease fire
, but who may well not continue should fighting break out between the government and the Sunni or the Kurds.
McCain, while attacking Obama over Obama's opposition to the surge (with Bill O'Reilly's help
), doesn't seem to remember that he was none too enthusiastic about it himself
, or at least very confused
. Even Petraeus, who ought to know better than anyone, is hesitant
to agree with the McCain campaign's claims of surge success.
Ultimately, whether the US stays there or not
, it looks like we've only seen the beginning of war in Iraq.