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Monday, January 8, 2007 - 12:00am

Democrats Fight Over Troop 'Surge'

It seems that the only one who wants to increase the troops in Iraq is President Bush.  The generals on the ground, the Pentagon, the Democrats, and even a number of Republicans do not want a troop surge.  Unfortunately, none of them are the Commander in Chief of the U.S. military and short of impeaching Bush (if only) or cutting off funding of our own soldiers, there is little they can do to stop him.

 

President Bush wants to increase troop levels by 20,000 - 40,000.  The troop level would grow from about 140,000 to about 175,000.  These new forces would reportedly go to Baghdad to help stop the violence that is out of control. 

 

Bush seems to think that a mere 40,000 additional forces can prevent a city of seven million people from killing each other.  It is not going to happen.  American forces have been close to 175,000 in the past and the violence did not slow down.  Unless the U.S. can double their troop levels, which they cannot, a marginal increase will not stop the civil war.

 

The Democrats will threaten to stop the funding, but they will not do it and Bush knows it.  In the end, he will get his so-called 'surge' and many more American soldiers will be sent off to their death in Iraq.

 

Six months from now, Bush will figure out that his 'surge' plan did not work, but by then it'll be too late.

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