reverse surge

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Feb 15 19:49:00 UTC 2008

"Surge" never got a surge in the WOTY voting, but perhaps "reverse
surge" will be in the running for '08...

BBC, Feb. 11, 2008
Iraq 'reverse surge' plays on US minds
That is why US commanders are reluctant to allow the backward momentum
of the reverse-surge process to merge seamlessly into a wholesale
withdrawal of American forces.
Salon, Feb. 15, 2008
Yet as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has noted more than once,
those improvements are fragile and may disappear with the "reverse
surge" of U.S. troops rotating out without replacements.

--Ben Zimmer

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