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Thursday, December 02, 2004


Do you remember Ross Perot in the election of 1992 warning us that we will soon be hearing "a giant sucking sound"? Well, we are hearing it, but it is the sound of the US military being sucked deeper and deeper into Iraq.

In its story, "US Troop Level in Iraq to Grow," The Washington Post reports that

The Pentagon said yesterday that it will boost the number of U.S. troops in
Iraq to about 150,000, the highest level since the U.S. occupation began 19
months ago.

The signs continue to pop up revealing that the Pentagon has no idea how to fight the war in Iraq. Except deciding it needs more forces to keep doing what it has been doing, even thought what it has been doing is notably unsuccessful.

Flooding Iraq with more US troops is not going to solve the problem. It just draws us in deeper where we have no plan to prevail.

Does it sound like Vietnam all over again?

Rest assured that this is not the last call by the Pentagon for more troops to be sent into Iraq. The call for more troops now is clearly a repudiation of Secretary Rumsfeld's doctrine of doing more with less, but no one will say so.

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