That's why — painful though it is — I think Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is right: What's needed — in the short run, at least — is to increase troops, subdue the insurrection, and then gradually withdraw from a stabilized Iraq. For taking such a politically unpopular stand, McCain deserves the Profiles in Courage award.
But look at the facts: Every time we have put more troops into theater we have reduced casualties and the insurrection has been subdued, and every time we've withdrawn troops the casualties go up — the insurrection intensifies.
The alternative — confirming bin Laden's belief that the United States is a paper tiger — is unacceptable in a world as dangerous as ours, for reasons I'll explain more fully on "BreakPoint" tomorrow.
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