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McCain and the Surge

I don’t often agree with Michael Ledeen, but I think he makes an important point in this post: Not everyone who was calling for more troops in Iraq was proposing something akin to General Petraeus’s counterinsurgency strategy. As Ledeen puts it, “Those calling for more troops a couple of years before it finally happened wanted an occupation force rather than a counterinsurgency force.” Proponents of the surge believed it was not just the number of troops but how you use them (counterinsurgency).

John McCain says he advocated the change to the current strategy. I’m aware that he had long been for more troops but did he really advocate something like the surge before the administration proposed it?

UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive. Here’s a McCain campaign timeline showing the senator emphasizing counterinsurgency in his push for more troops in Iraq.

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