Colin Powell Wanted A Surge Before Bush Spoke

A war that lasts six years invariably results in either loss of or distortion of memory by those who lived through the experience. A Fox News version offers a view that Iraq was a mess until George Bush got the brilliant idea for a surge of troops. Of course, even before the invasion of March, 2003, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged an invasion force of about 300,000 in order to deal with violence that would break out once the fighting ended. He was fired for that advice by the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told CNN that Bush made a tragic mistake by not dispatching more troops once the formal stage of fighting had ended. According to Powell, “it took us, in my judgment, too long to recognize that we needed to put more force in.”

Rush, and Lou Dobbs, and Ann and the rest of the right wing media prefer inhabiting a world in which the truth has never knocked on their doors.