Is One Surge Like All Other Surges?

Ever since former President George Bush got around to doing what he was advised to do in March, 2003 by the Chief of Staff of the American Army, the American people have been innundated with the expression, “surge.” The idea of having sufficient ground forces in order to accomplish the goal of peace appears to be a revolutionary concept to right wing media hosts who apparently think this is a novel idea in human history.

As General Bedford Forrest proclaimed during the Civil War, the way to win a battle is to “be fustest with the mostest.” Now, we are promised another “surge” in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, all surges do not look alike. Iraq is a largely desert society, it has three main opposing forces in the Sunni, Shiites and Kurds. Afghanistan is not Iraq. Conservative estimates are there are about anywhere from 50-200 different ethnic, tribal and religious groups in Afghanistan. As Davood Moradian, who advises the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes: “Afghanistan is not Iraq.” A simp[le statement, but one wonders if the Obama administration understands it any better than did the Bush group.

We really don’t know if a surge will work, we don’t know if anl extra 30,000 troops makes any difference, we really don’t know much beyond that the people of that country need an effective government that is honest and able to implement needed work projects. A surge in work might work better for the Afghan people than any surge in troops.