How Bush can ensure no more Iraqs

Los Angeles Times
by Max Boot

01/31/07

The U.S. is only a few bright ideas away from being the nation builder it needs to be. One of the least noticed but most intriguing elements of the State of the Union speech occurred near the end, when President Bush called for the recruitment of 92,000 more soldiers and Marines and for the creation of a Civilian Reserve Corps that 'would ease the burden on the armed forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them.' Never mind that there is much less here than meets the eye. Included in Bush's recruitment math are 30,000 Army troops already in the pipeline, so the increase is really only 62,000, not 92,000 -- and that number won't be available for five years. A larger, faster increase is needed to relieve the strain on our overstretched armed forces." [editor's note: Boot just can't bring himself to the simple answer. The EASY way to prevent future "Iraqs" is to not friggin' invade them! - TLK]

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