Unmasking the Surge
A foreign policy expert warns that the troop surge in Iraq, while yielding short-term gains, may endanger Iraqis later on.
The source: “The Price of the Surge” by Steven Simon, in Foreign Affairs, May–June 2008.
Even the most partisan Democrats in Washington acknowledge that last summer’s “surge” of troops has reduced the killing in Iraq, and some Republicans say the strategy has finally cleared the way for victory. But the tactics that have made Iraqis safer in the short run may have the opposite...