As originally seen on BccList.com here and within the comments of the post here, I don’t understand how anyone – including our next president (a democrat from Illinois) – can state the surge has “worked.”
Bluntly, the United States of America is fcked for years to come. Inflation, the value of the dollar, and national debt have reached a tipping point. Granted the inflation/dollar devaluation troubles can be fixed relatively quickly with a few interest rate hikes. But, the national debt isn’t going away for some time.
Clearly stating, we are broke as a joke domestically. The Iraq “war,” subsequent surge, and tax rebate checks has China – our “credit card” company – holding us by the balls and I can assure you they’re ready to squeeze at any given time.
Bridges are falling because states are broke and can’t “waste” money on bridge inspections. The U.S. Highway Trust Fund is going broke. People are losing their houses at an unheard pace. Consumer debt has skyrocketed. Workers can’t afford to travel to work.
But, the surge “worked” because violence is down in Iraq after the last few months – which, by the way, is a horrible subset of data. Furthermore, the decrease in violence can’t be solely attributed to us dropping way more money than anticipated via the surge on this unauthorized “war” – see pre surge Anbar Awakening. Doesn’t make sense to me.