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Gov. Huckabee probably regrets accusing President Bush of having “arrogant bunker mentality,” because he’s cracking under the scrutiny accompanying such a preposterous claim. He tried to defend himself on CNN, saying he supported the troop surge in Iraq, insinuating Gov. Romney did not:

“I think [Governor Romney] needs to read the article. It would really help if he did that. If he did, he’d see there was no apology necessary to the President. I’m the one who actually supported the President’s surge.”

However, he’s wrong. (What, did he not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?) On Fox News Sunday, he claimed:

“So, I’m just saying that if a person is going to run for President, you need to stand on your own two legs. I’ve supported the surge strongly. We have seen what it’s done.”

It turns out, on MSNBC’s “Live,” just as recently as January, Huckabee did not support the Surge:

NORAH O’DONNELL: “We have a Rudy Giuliani, who supports the president’s plan on Iraq. We have Governor Mitt Romney, who also supports a troop surge. How are you different from any of those candidates?”
HUCKABEE: “Well, I’m not sure that I support the troop surge, if that surge has to come from our Guard and Reserve troops, which have really been overly stretched.”

So, let’s be clear on the time table: Huckabee did not support the Surge on January 24th (above), although Gov. Romney had issued a pro-surge press release on January 10th which said:

“In consultation with Generals, military experts and troops who have served on the ground in Iraq, I believe securing Iraqi civilians requires additional troops. I support adding five brigades in Baghdad and two regiments in Al-Anbar province. Success will require rapid deployment.”

I feel like a one note song, but it seems that Huckabee, once again, is being less than truthful.


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