The Surge Delusion: An Iraq War Anniversary to Forget
General David Petraeus’s fabled “surge” campaign that has since become the stuff of legend, a defining event for American military professionals, the term has permanently entered the martial lexicon and now it’s everywhere, we soldiers stay late at work because we need to “surge” on the latest PowerPoint presentation. To inject extra effort into anything (no matter how mundane) is to “surge.” Nor is the term’s use limited to the military vernacular.
I Was Part of the Iraq War Surge. It Was a Disaster.