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Troops are not poker chips


Last updated 1/4/2007 at Noon

A Pentagon official said that Bush is proposing to “double down” in Iraq – using a gambling term to describe deploying significantly more troops to Iraq. I find this obscene.

He’s saying that things are going badly, we’re on a losing streak, and rather than just walk away, we’ll risk more money and troops to try to prove Bush was right.

I saw an example of this kind of thinking in Las Vegas. A fellow was losing badly at the tables and couldn’t call for more chips fast enough ($5,000 at a time). His buddy next to him was almost yelling to just walk away, but he was determined...

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