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Going to war with a peace time military?

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There is a hidden reason why the US can not and will not stabilize Iraq. The Reason has nothing to do with the US's ability to operate effectively in a combat zone. Before explaining this colossal failure
let us look at some current information on the war. The initial coalition military forces were roughly 300,000, of which 98% were U.S. and British troops. The coalitions first goal was to defeat the Iraqi military and remove Hussein from power. As everyone suspected this would be over quickly.
Operation Iraqi Freedom started on March 20th and was over April 15th. In approximately 27 days Hussein's 24 year rule was over. From February 2007 to May 2007 the U.S. added about 31,000 troops,The so called "SURGE". As of July there were approximately 169,000 coalition Troops in Iraq. Of these 158,000 are U.S. Troops.
So now we have a confusing civil war with an added insurgency.
There is so much talk about what to do, when to do it and how to do it. We hear about benchmarks and timelines. After 5 years of insurgency and civil war there is only one reason the U.S. is bogged down with little hope of stabilizing Iraq. The reason is that The United Stated Military was not large enough to execute the rebuilding of Iraq. Why isn't the U.S. Military large enough? Because the Neo-Conservatives in Washington D.C. thought
they could invade and occupy a foreign country with a PEACE TIME MILITARY! The lack of progress boils down to not enough people. Now for the kicker. The only way to achieve most of the stated goals in Iraq is to draft a larger, "War Time" military to finish the job. Not a 31,000 troop surge. The U.S. would need to draft several hundred thousand people to stabilize Iraq.
Now I am definitely against a draft to clean up
George Bush's mess. The point here is, if a draft is the only way to achieve our goals, and nobody will tolerate a draft, then logically the only course of action would be to bring the undermanned forces home. One of the Presidential hopefuls needs to step up to the plate and say our peace time military was not large enough to execute this war and they will not make any more progress. People need to start shouting, "You took us to war with an undermanned peace time military and you failed, end it now!". George W. Bush is literally waiting for a miracle that isn't going to happen while our friends and family die.

 

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