By Patrick Appel
Poulos's take:

The ground game is changing in Iraq. Policy convergence is appropriate. As I've said, the choice is not between empire and defeat. I supported the surge because it was good military tactics, but good military tactics had been nested within rotten political strategy in Iraq almost since the outset. (Predated by, even.) My support for a ninja-like stealth reverse surge, a parceled and staged withdrawal in times and places of our choosing, now seems like a prescription of prudence and normalcy.

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