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Guess there won't be any bold move to stop the "surge":

President Bush's speech may be scheduled for tonight, but the troop surge in Iraq is already under way.

ABC News has learned that the "surge" Bush is expected to announce in a prime time speech tonight has already begun. Ninety advance troops from the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Baghdad today.

An additional battalion of roughly 800 troops from the same division are expected to arrive in Baghdad Thursday.

It is the first small wave of troops in a new White House strategy that is expected to put more than 20,000 additional U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and likely require new call-ups of the National Guard.

I have to say that even as someone who spoke out early and often against the war, even I could not envision what a cocked-up mess it would become.  I don't know if many anticipated the corruption and incompetence of the Bush administration, and their breathtaking ability to befoul everything they touch.  But if as the Carpetbagger reports this plan for surge escalation was chosen just because Dubya wanted to prove something to Poppy and it simply wasn't a suggestion made in the ISG report, his "war management" skills are even sicker and more toxic than we've come to believe.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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