Thoughts about Bush's proposal for 20,000 more troops
Either Bush gets his way, or this is all a lame and equally futile setup by Bush, right wingers and war mongers for a "stab in the back" argument if Bush's increased troop request is rejected. You know, "If only the US Congress gave us 20,000 more troops, we'd have likely won this thing."
I'll fight the "what ifs" with anyone, so let's hope enough Americans can convince Congress to stop the expansion of this war, and push our way to withdrawal from Iraq.
The attack that angers me the most right now is the "Joe Klein" attack about those opposing Bush wanting the US to fail. The US has already failed in its mission to create a stable, Western oriented Iraq. The attack should be on the president and the war's supporters for sending 20,000 or so more troops into Iraq--and for starting this war that has largely benefited Iran. Such a negligable increase is an insult to our nation and shows an outright contempt for the lives of our nation's troops. The saddest truth is that it would take 500,000 troops to really take over Iraq, but it would still be a violent occupation, not a humanitarian one the way the US occupation of Japan went after WWII. And that is not a solution we should support, either.