At every opportunity for the past week or more, U.S. reporters and commentators have badgered Barack Obama about his refusal to admit that he was wrong about the Iraq troop “surge” and that John McCain was right.
But there is a more subtle question that the U.S. press corps doesn’t seem capable of addressing: whether George W. Bush’s “surge” was really responsible for the decline in violence over the past year. Some Iraqis have a different view of what happened.
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As for the U.S. presidential race, the question isn’t just an academic one, since the supposed “success” of the “surge” has begun reshaping the campaign in favor of McCain, who is paradoxically never challenged by reporters to admit that he was wrong about pushing the Iraq invasion in the first place.
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