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The “Surge Twins”

There’s a lot about Maureen Dowd’s column (sub. req.) in today’s New York Times that I don’t like, but never mind. I love her description of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, whom she has dubbed the “Surge Twins”:

The Surge Twins seemed competent and more realistic than some of their misbegotten predecessors, but just too late to do any good. They’re like two veteran pilots trying to crash land the plane.



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  1. Rick in Duxbury

    “They’re like two veteran pilots trying to crash land the plane.”I’m sure that was a big favorite in Shanksville, PA.

  2. Dan Kennedy

    Rick: To be offended by that line, you would have to think there’s a link between 9/11 and the war in Iraq. Otherwise, have jokes about airplanes been ruled off-limits forever? I guess jokes about attacks on ships are offensive to Pearl Harbor survivors, too, eh?

  3. Rick in Duxbury

    I guess “offensive” is in the eye of the beholder. I’m thinking more like “unfortunate”, given the date, but that’s just me.

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