Sunday, December 17, 2006

What more troops?

McCain and a lot of others may be in favor of sending more troops to Iraq, and how knows if they have a point but that is so much besides the point today. As former Secretary of State Colin Powell said it very clearly, there are simply no troops to send!
Let’s be clear about something else, Bob, that gets a little confusing. There are really no additional troops. All we would be doing is keeping some of the troops who were there there longer and escalating or accelerating the arrival of other troops. (Powell to Bob Schieffer on CBS’s Face the Nation via Think Progress).
But does the Bush administration even bother to make decisions that have to do with reality? No, they let others figure out those minor "details":
Still, President Bush has asked his military planners to figure out how to get the extra forces he wants. Among the ideas being considered are extending tours of duty from 12 to 15 months in the Army and seven to nine months in the Marines. (ABC)
So really "new troops" or just old troops staying longer! How much longer are they going to lie to the American people and say "new troops" are needed??! How much longer are they going to get away with it?

NOTE: As Matt Damon suggested, maybe Bush should start by sending his own daughters...

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