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June 21, 2013 10:39 AM Those Were the Days

By Ed Kilgore

Having expressed my customary skepticism about the latest “breakthrough” on immigration reform, the Corker-Hoeven Amendment, I do want to acknowledge the talent of whoever decided first to call its deployment of a very large sack of money for border control agents a “surge.” Since the target of this amendment is almost exclusively congressional Republicans, it’s a nice touch to establish a rhetorical association between immigration reform and the Iraq Surge, the brilliant master stroke that gave the United States victory in Iraq, and made that country an oasis of peace and freedom, and our staunch and grateful ally in a turbulent region.

Yeah, the “surge.” Good times.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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