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Feaver fires back

Here is Peter Feaver’s dispassionate response to my comments the other day on his article about where the surge came from. He accuses me of ignoring the political science stuff. I plead mega-guilty, especially because I think his theoretical construct can’t be supported by a foundation built on factual sand.   “Hit piece”? “Angry”? Nah. ...

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Here is Peter Feaver's dispassionate response to my comments the other day on his article about where the surge came from.

He accuses me of ignoring the political science stuff. I plead mega-guilty, especially because I think his theoretical construct can't be supported by a foundation built on factual sand.  

"Hit piece"? "Angry"? Nah. I mean, I took out all the references to "blinders" and even "jamming facts into the theory like Jeffrey Dahmer stuffing a body into one of the blue barrels in his back room."

Here is Peter Feaver’s dispassionate response to my comments the other day on his article about where the surge came from.

He accuses me of ignoring the political science stuff. I plead mega-guilty, especially because I think his theoretical construct can’t be supported by a foundation built on factual sand.  

“Hit piece”? “Angry”? Nah. I mean, I took out all the references to “blinders” and even “jamming facts into the theory like Jeffrey Dahmer stuffing a body into one of the blue barrels in his back room.”

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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