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December 10, 2006

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ren

So are you saying we ought to send in more troops?

b tween

"Ought to" is not how I would put it. "Have no choice but to" is more apt.
We wrecked the train and are duty bound to clean it up. In my mind, cutting and running is a not viable option unless "running" is potentially beneficial to the people you leave behind. There is no benefit in leaving Iraq to be gained by anybody other than spineless American politicians.
Walking away presents several issues/problems:
Responsibility for the wanton slaughter of innocents that would surely ensue the moment we left;
the real threat Iraq would pose to the security of the USA - think it was a rogue terrorist sponsor before we invaded? Wait til they have all that oil money to spend on bringing the war to *our* streets;
unchecked flexing of Iranian muscle;
refugees;
a real energy crisis.
But dealing with Iraq leads to further problems like, where do the soldiers come from? The National Guard is already operating outside its role, soldiers are being stop-lossed into the ground, people aren't joining up like they used to and we're running out of money (Oil countries diversifying foreign holdings, etc)...
Yet, we don't seem to have many options for expanding our presence.
So consider a multinational force option - UN, Arab League, NATO, etc. We are the creators of this crisis and aren't likely to get much support from any of them besides the locals, so what do we do?
A draft? Maybe that's not such a bad idea. While I know Rangel loves the concept of spreading responsibility equally among the people who supported this disaster, I believe one of the benefits of a draft would be to finally focus the collective conscious of this country on the fact that there really is a war going on, where real blood is spilled, and that we need to commit, as a nation, to finding a way out.
The kind of pressure that realization would bring to bear on those DC politicians might be just what the problem needs in order to create the will to pursue an honorable way out.
Ren, you mentioned in your other post (that I will get to tomorrow!) the idea of societal cannabilism arising from "splinter politics" (as though we haven't lived through almost 30 years of it already), and I agree. We need a common cause. And a war being fought by the children of Americans who are arbitrarily inducted (as opposed to joining up for other reasons) into the military is just the kind of thing that could really galvanize the country.
So, more troops? I don't think we have any other choice.

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