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Coming home provides 100% guaranteed protection from dying in Iraq.
Care about the troops? Let them live.
The consequences of failure are horrible. The problem is we've already failed.
What the hell does emboldened look like if not this? 3000+ dead and more every day.
The new commanding general in Iraq, David Petraeus, wrote the Army's counter-insurgency manual.
In it he gives a formula for calculating the # of troops needed for wars like Iraq.
The number needed, JUST FOR BAGHDAD, is larger than the whole surge.
There is no Iraqi government, only puppets propped up by the Shia. The police and army answer to their imams and tribes not to the government.
There are two choices:
1) Leave now.
2) Militarize the whole country. As in Ford will start making tanks. Activate the draft. Spend close to $1 trillion on "rebuilding Iraq." And large tax increases to avoid paying for the rest of the war with Chinese money.
And all that has to be carried out by an Administration that hasn't done anything right in 6 years.
A favorite writer of mine, Steve Gilliard, is fond of saying "Hope is not a plan."
That's all the war supporters have. And hope, flag-waving and Toby Keith songs will only guarantee that another 19 year old will die in the sand screaming for his mother.
It ends now. Write it everywhere. Talk to everyone. Be obnoxious. Be "shrill."
End the war. Bring them home.