Axelrod has the job of covering for Barack Obama on the surge:
He never disputed the fact that if you throw a surge of American soldiers in an area that you can make a difference.
Unfortunately for Axelrod, we have the Internet now. Here’s Obama, disputing precisely that fact:
We cannot impose a military solution on what has effectively become a civil war. And until we acknowledge that reality, we can send 15 thousand more troops, 20 thousand more troops, 30 thousand more troops; I don’t know any expert on the region, or any military officer that I’ve spoken to (privately), that believes that that is going to make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground.
(Transcript mine.) Here’s the video. (Via Power Line.)
For the record, the surge involved about 28 thousand troops (including support troops), and obviously they’ve made a tremendous difference. Alexrod can’t patch up the fact that Obama was simply wrong, indeed, could hardly have been more wrong. Obama displayed his poor military judgement here, and that of his unnamed military advisers as well. In contrast, John McCain long advocated the surge, even before it was adopted by the President.