It was one of the deadliest days of the four-year-old Iraq war, and some news agencies suggested the death toll may be higher. Reuters, quoting local officials, said almost 200 people were killed Wednesday. The Associated Press put the number at 183.
This puts a huge dent in the notion that the surge is working. That things are better and improving as Senator McCain stated recently on his return from Iraq. Yes for a short while with overwhelming force an area can be secured. But what happens when the troops leave? That is the question that should be asked of the Bush Administration. When does the surge end? What are the criteria for ending the surge?
The surge will only work if after the troops are gone there is security. I feel today's events show what to look forward to.