Sunday, March 4, 2007

Sen. Smith: According to top general, US has a one in four chance of success

[Senator Gordon Smith (OR)] has strongly opposed President Bush's call for a "surge" of 20,000 troops in Iraq. Smith was one of 14 senators to vote last month against the nomination of Gen. George Casey as U.S. Army chief of staff.

"If you're really going to do a surge, you don't do it with 20,000, you do it with 250,000," he said, noting that Baghdad is a city of nearly 7 million people. But he said the United States cannot afford such a response; instead it has to come from the Iraqi Army.

Smith said he recently spoke with Gen. David Petraeus, the new top military commander in Iraq, who told him the troop surge has only a one in four chance of succeeding.

We're betting the house with those odds? This is the very definition of insanity*.

*Insanity defined - Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different response.

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