Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Dizzy, My Head Is Spinning

I bellied-up to the Whiskey Bar this morning to reinforce what I already knew about Bush's speech last night: Same Old Same Old with a twist of Lies.

No, I take that back. Bush's speech did include something new; it was the first time I had heard him call for enlistments. I thought, "Huh?" and then "Uh oh. Is he laying the ground work for the Draft?"

Nothing Team Bush does surprises me anymore, and I am guilty of analyzing every word They utter because 9 out 10 times what they're saying/not saying directly affects lives, and I wouldn't put past Team Bush to use last night's unusual call to service as the seeds for future conscription. Everyone knows about the military's failing recruiting efforts, it's no secret the current forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are tapped; after listening to Bush last night, to do what he says he's going to do, "defeat the insurgency," in Iraq, he's going to have to use the American military as a full-on occupying force and lock-down Iraq, from the borders on in.

Which means more troops. A lot more troops. Several hundred thousand more troops. Hear that? That's the sound of top soil being turned as the new crop is prepared for planting:
Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), interviewed on CBS's "The Early Show," maintained that "one of the very big mistakes early on was that he didn't have enough troops on the ground, particularly after the initial victory, and that's still the case."

Sen. John Kerry, Bush's Democratic opponent in last year's presidential election, told NBC's "Today" show that the borders of Iraq "are porous" and said "we don't have enough troops" there.

Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) Jr., appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America," disputed Bush's notion that sufficient troops are in place.

"I'm going to send him the phone numbers of the very generals and flag officers that I met on Memorial Day when I was in Iraq," the Delaware Democrat said. "There's not enough force on the ground now to mount a real counterinsurgency."

Biden argued, "The course that we are on now is not a course of success. He (Bush) has to get more folks involved. He has to stand up that army more quickly."

Where will these new troops come from? Shifting forces around the world? Without a Draft, just where will Bush get the jack boots he needs to fully occupy and secure Iraq?

Steve Gilliard knows where Bush can find two of-age Americans to sign up.


At 1:19 PM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Maybe the twins will become mess specialists and serve cocktails at the Fort Bragg Officers' Club.



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