..but the military is not being used correctly or as well as it should be in Iraq.
Being against the war, I can say that I don't think we were over our heads, but as KROC alluded to, I think political considerations, just like in Vietnam,are interfering with how the military operation is being waged.
In the '91 Gulf War, Colin Powell, head of the JCS, said that if you're going to go to war, you give the troops all they need, and you go in with overwhelming superiority in numbers. We invaded Iraq and Kuwait, with about a half million men, mostly Americans, to simply drive Iraq from Kuwait. Yet here, in 2003/04, in trying to invade a country, and also OCCUPY it, we had what? 180,000 troops, at most, in theater, actually on the ground. Never mind that Saudi and Turkey didn't give us permission to use them as staging areas, are you telling me we couldn't have put in 300,000 troops? 180,000 may have been sufficient for the assult, but it certainly wasn't sufficient for occupation AND
continued fighting, which is what we fact now.
It means one of two things-either the Administration miscalculated on how long they thought we'd need to occupy Iraq (which I think is what it is), or they simply made a political decision, for domestic consumption, not to put as many soldiers as they could have on the ground.
So more troops are needed. But where are they to come from? Bush doesn't seem ready to commit a lot more troops.
Uh huh. The UN peacekeepers are sooooo well known for dealing with violence, yeah that's a great idea.
Cut out the anti-foreigner stuff, Galaxy5. Why shouldn't we ask the UN for help? Why not send UN forces into areas that are not a threat, and have a semblance of peace in them, while U.S. and Coalition forces can concentrate on finishing the combat portion of the operation. The sooner we can do that, the sooner our men and women can get home.
Your pride is I think exactly the same pride Bush is showning, and all it's doing is dragging out this war far beyond how long it should have done. We're beyond trying to be stubborn, and telling the world to go fuck itself. Swallow our pride, ask for assistance, and let's finish this mess and get our troops home as soon as we can.