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What Do Congressional Opponents of the Surge Acually Think?


And do they really think anything at all?

Yesterday, I asked a trusted Capitol Hill source about the Republican senatorial defectors (Lugar, Domenici, Snowe, Hagel, etc.). Do they think that the surge has no chance of success? Or do they think that even if it is succeeding, it’s not worth the effort? His response was: “Probably both.”

Well, if that’s true, then debates over progress reports on the surge are a smokescreen for what should be the real question: Is Congress prepared to force defeat on troops who think they can win, at the start of a strategic counter-offensive?

Senator Snowe? A penny for your thoughts — such as they are.