The issues behind this are touched on here;
So, 500,000 troops needed in Iraq, but 140,000 US troops there.
They must be over-extended, you have US troops using captured AK
-47s as AFV crews are issued with a only a couple of M-16s, but also pistols, Many AFV crews are having to do infantry work, so they need more than a pistol, hence the AK
Talking of AFVs, seen those trucks carrying a large squad of troops, very vunerable in a soft skin vehicle, it seems there is nothing between a Bradley (often inappropriate) and a Humvee, at least in the US Army, the USMC
have wheeled armoured vehicles I think.
The British Army had this problem in Northern Ireland 30 years ago, but they pulled a load of Saracen armoured vehicles out of storage. Now they are using Saxons in Iraq.
All this points to a massive underestimation of the likely aftermath of war in Iraq, attacks started out as former regime diehards loosing off with AKs and RPGs, now attacks are much more sophisticated, pointing to an influx of terrorists into the chaos of Iraq as it's a good way to hit the US.
You have policy run by a bunch of think tank vets, not combat vets (Bush, Cheney and the rest managed NOT to go to Vietnam funnily enough), hearing what they wanted to hear from a few unrepresentative Iraqi exiles.
Unless you want the situation in Iraq to get worse, a draft may be needed, if only to release regular troops from other duties allowing reinforcement of Iraq by them.
Of course the US could ask others to help, only they've pissed off a lot of nations that usually would provide decent numbers of forces, anyway, why put their troops under a command that seems not to be too good at low-intensity, counter-insurgency operations.
A few token troops from some small nations won't cut it, from what we are seeing the Bush team are starting to realize this, Iraqi oil won't pay for all the reconstruction either, even without further sabotage, so it is going to be tax $
Sad for the poor Iraqi people, if it comes to Bush being re-elected or saving them, well what do you think will be the choice?
But I agree, those who really got off on this war (you know who you are) could use an attitude overhaul by being drafted.