August 27, 2007


'Critics' give Bush a 'surge' (Khody Akhavi, 8/28/07, Asia Times)

As usual, the Bush administration has been getting by with a little help - perhaps unwittingly - from its friends in the US mainstream media.

The most recent "information surge" to pulsate through US broadcast news outlets originated from the pens of Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, two so-called "critics" of the administration's "miserable handling of Iraq", who, in a July 30 New York Times op-ed titled "A war we just might win", wrote that US forces "are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms".

O'Hanlon and Pollack, who also work as fellows at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy, a Washington-based think-tank, were careful not to acknowledge the possibility of "victory in Iraq" - an oft-used phrase that, along with "stay the course", has been recently omitted from President Bush's rhetoric. But they wrote that they were heartened by the morale of US troops, surprised at the gains made by the "surge", and confident in its potential to produce a "sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with".

"There is enough good happening on the battlefields of Iraq today that Congress should plan on sustaining the effort at least into 2008," they concluded. In doing so, O'Hanlon and Pollack jump-started an information surge that would end up providing political cover for the administration's war policy.

Didn't they used to call it "Right deviationism"?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2007 12:00 AM
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