DIE FOR THE VANITY OF GEORGE BUSH. This Jim Miklaszewski report needs to be exhibit A in the case against escalation:

Interestingly enough, one administration official admitted to us today that this surge option is more of a political decision than a military one because the American people have run out of patience and President Bush is running out of time to achieve some kind of success in Iraq.

No one who cared at all about the lives of U.S. troops could ever in good conscience condone sending thousands into a futile war in order to conduct a public-relations gambit. Perhaps it might occur to Bush that such astrategic and cynical calculations are precisely why the public has no more patience for the war. How many lives is a five-point bump in the polls worth, anyway? Wow, do I look forward to this chapter in Bush's memoir.

--Spencer Ackerman

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