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Posted by Richard Ruquist on March 28, 2003 13:15:09 UTC


This is an ironic slogan for Bush who has us going into Iraq with rather insufficient strength.

At 90,000 troops in Iraq we are now at 1/2 the strength of Desert Storm, with at least twice the job to do.

My belief is that they called off the war in 91 because, among other coalition type reasons, it would be so difficult to conquer Baghdad.

Rumsfeld talks of a rolling deployment with more and more troops coming in every day. But the troops arriving now, except for the division sailing around Arabia, were originally for post war tasks.

Rumsfeld has promoted Lightness and Quickness as the new policy of the Defense Department over the objections of the military brass.

We can see now that it amounts to Peace Through Weakness. Rumsfeld should be branded with undermining of our armed forces, who turn out the be light, but not very quick.

The real villians in this war are Cheney and Rumsfeld who have put our troops and our diplomacy in jeopardy.

The real war has not even started yet- the capture of Baghdad- and we are already in trouble safeguarding our supply lines. Yesterday the Marines drove 20 miles towards Baghdad just to relieve pressure on another supply line. They then turned around and drove back to base camp. That is a sure sign of the trouble we are in, and the war has not even started yet.

We will be the laughing stock of the whole world. So be it. We deserve it for having such a stupid leadership. Political leadership that is. Our military leadership is not being listened to by the political leadership. It's rather like the German story in WWII. If the German military had their way, the middle east would be under their control now.

You may make fun of this comparison like you did before. But I believe it is true. The strategy for war should always be left to the professionals.

Both Cheney and Rumsfeld lack the understanding that in war you must err on the side of caution. That was the Powell doctrine in 91.

Funny it's like one of Murphy's Laws. If some one is doing a very good job, you then promote him, or her, into a job he or she cannot do well. I think it's called rising to the level of incompetence.


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