Phi Beta Cons

Prof Advises Obama Wrongly on Surge

Herschel Smith, a Marine Corps father, blogs at The Captain’s Journal, where he delivers a thorough and convincing commentary on the “surge” in Iraq and the differing views on the matter held by Senators McCain and Obama.

In particular, Smith focuses on the misguided advice on the war in Iraq that Obama has received from Prof. Colin H. Kahl, an assistant professor of international relations at Georgetown University. In an email, Smith summarizes his long rebuttal of Kahl’s position:

As an advisor to Senator Obama, Professor Kahl has weighed in concerning the withdrawal from Iraq within the context of what he claims to be previous pressure to withdraw in the 2006 time frame and its alleged affect on the Sunni tribal awakening. Professor Kahl has greatly contributed to raising pressure to withdraw from Iraq. I respond with an assessment of the campaign for Anbar and its relationship to the surge within the context of extensive discussions with professional military as well as my own son’s experiences in Fallujah in 2007. Professor Kahl is mistaken in his views, and lifts a unitary point out of context, making it an “exclusive use” procedure rather than a thread in the apestry of the complex campaign that is Operation Iraqi Freedom. [Read Smith’s entire argument.]

Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

Most Popular

Elections

Biden Lies Again and Again

Joe Biden is a career liar and he lied some more in the debate, for instance when he dismissed the now well-supported New York Post story about Hunter Biden's business dealing as "a Russian plant." There is zero evidence for this. He offered this line: There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said ... Read More
Elections

Biden Lies Again and Again

Joe Biden is a career liar and he lied some more in the debate, for instance when he dismissed the now well-supported New York Post story about Hunter Biden's business dealing as "a Russian plant." There is zero evidence for this. He offered this line: There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said ... Read More

The Pollster Who Thinks Trump Is Ahead

The polling aggregator on the website RealClearPolitics shows the margin in polls led by Joe Biden in a blue font and the ones led by Donald Trump in red. For a while, the battleground states have tended to be uniformly blue, except for polls conducted by the Trafalgar Group. If you are a firm believer only in ... Read More

The Pollster Who Thinks Trump Is Ahead

The polling aggregator on the website RealClearPolitics shows the margin in polls led by Joe Biden in a blue font and the ones led by Donald Trump in red. For a while, the battleground states have tended to be uniformly blue, except for polls conducted by the Trafalgar Group. If you are a firm believer only in ... Read More
Elections

Biden Wants It Both Ways

This week felt like a month. On the menu today: After President Trump asked, “Would you close down the oil industry?” Biden responded, “I have a transition from the old industry, yes,” and now Biden’s campaign insists the candidate didn’t mean it. Biden also insisted that he “never said I oppose ... Read More
Elections

Biden Wants It Both Ways

This week felt like a month. On the menu today: After President Trump asked, “Would you close down the oil industry?” Biden responded, “I have a transition from the old industry, yes,” and now Biden’s campaign insists the candidate didn’t mean it. Biden also insisted that he “never said I oppose ... Read More