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Bush Wants to Expand Army, Marines

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Posted on Dec 19, 2006
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President Bush has instructed Defense Secretary Robert Gates to provide a plan for increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps. A major increase would take years to achieve and would not alleviate problems associated with the White House’s plan to “surge” troop levels in Iraq.


Washington Post:

In an interview with the Washington Post, Bush said he has instructed newly sworn-in Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to report back to him with a plan to increase ground forces. The president gave no estimates about how many troops may be added but indicated that he agreed with suggestions in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill that the current military is stretched too thin to cope with the demands placed on it.

“I’m inclined to believe that we do need to increase our troops—the Army, the Marines,” Bush said in the Oval Office session. “And I talked about this to Secretary Gates and he is going to spend some time talking to the folks in the building, come back with a recommendation to me about how to proceed forward on this idea.”

The president’s decision comes at a time when he is rethinking his strategy in Iraq and considering, among other options, a short-term surge in troop levels to try to secure violence-torn Baghdad. The Joint Chiefs of Staff are resisting the idea during internal debates, in part out of the conviction that it will further strain already-pressed forces.

A substantial military expansion will take years and would not be meaningful in the near term in Iraq. But it would begin to address the growing alarm among commanders about the state of the armed forces. Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army’s chief of staff, warned Congress last week that the active-duty Army “will break” under the strain of today’s war-zone rotations. Former secretary of state Colin L. Powell, a retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that “the active Army is about broken.”

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By JERRY TUREK, December 20, 2006 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment
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In response to the latest “surge” in troop strenght, I believe an older Military Axiom applies, “Never reinforce failure”.

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By vet240, December 20, 2006 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment
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I can forgive those idiots that voted for Bush Jr. the first time. I don’t think I will ever be able to forgive those who voted for him a second time.

Bush is equally stupid (Stupid from Websters: Given to unintelligent decisions or acts, Lacking intelligence or reason, and Arrogant (Arrogance from Websters:Exaggerating or disposed to exagerate one’s own worth or importance in an overbearing manner. Followed by Arrogate, (Arrogate from Websters: To claim to seize without justification, To make undue claims.)

When you suffer from both of these attributes you can’t improve. Your Arrogance won’t allow you to learn by asking and accepting ideas from someone else who may have a better idea, and of course innate stupidity precludes learning at any level.

So, Bush says, When facing a a no-win war, a war owned solely by him and Cheney, that the solution is more troops! The Democrats had better shut this thing down or I sense a strong Third Party movement in this country.

The Bush/Cheney Doctrine, Damn the Deficit Full ego trip ahead! Besides, none of their children will ever go to war.

Pardon me while I puke.

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By jkoch, December 20, 2006 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, send more troops over, just don’t raise taxes or institute a draft.  Democrats Silvestre Reyes and Harry Reid have already endorsed a “surge” to save Iraq.  Who cares if the time fram envisions taking over and occupying hostile neighborhoods in the heat of July.  It will buy time for both GOP and DEM to waffle their way through the 2008 campaign and, when dejá vu and retreat come in 2009, shrug shoulders with impunity.

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By Ranger Tommy, December 20, 2006 at 11:28 am Link to this comment
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And remember folks, Bush is the “Decider.”  It’s his job to “decide stuff.”  And clearly, if he’s the Decider, then what he decides is worthy of the nation’s support—even if it goes against the military’s recommendations, the wishes of the Iraqi people, common sense, the advice of seasoned advisors, the majority of the U.S. public, and anyone with a fraction of a functioning brain.

When will the system of checks and balances kick in, and remove this man from Washington??  The only logical response to that (in my mind) is that the vast majority of those in the House and Senate are complicit (as are many—thought not the majority—of US voters in 2004), and therefore lack the integrity to call a spade a spade.  If the incoming members of Congress don’t kick it into high gear, then the concept of checks and balances has become nothing more than a great idea which will be remembered fondly by history books—especially one titled: “It Was Fun While It Lasted: The Story of the Rise and Sudden Fall of the United States of America.”

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By C Quil, December 20, 2006 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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If Bush wants more troops, he can have them - as long as he pays for them. He and his war-profiteer buddies must have enough money stashed away to finance several armies.

In Thomas Paine’s “Rights of Man” it says that those who will end up paying for a war should have the right to say whether it is waged or not. Scream louder, taxpayers. I don’t think they can hear you in D.C.

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By chuck, December 20, 2006 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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Bush should look at his hands, and his mouth in the mirror. They are bleeding because of the DAILY BLOODSHED in Iraq.

More troops is like throwing more logs on the fire. Bush should lead the attack by physically going to Iraq with Cheney and say, “Charge”

This whole war thing is ridiculous. Forcing Democracy on an Islamic country!!??

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 19, 2006 at 10:27 pm Link to this comment
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Okay! Let this evil slow-learner warmonger have another of his evil impulses fulfilled, provided that his desired increase for more victims should start with him and his evil partner Cheney and their wives and daughters. Only then this son-of-a-bitch will prove that he has an iota of crude patriotism in him!

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By jon eden, December 19, 2006 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment
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As long as our diplomacy is to be achieved at the end of the barrel of a gun, I think increasing our number of troops is a very good idea.

More specifically, as long as the US continues to meddle in the affairs of Muslim countries and support the stealing of Palestine by Israel, it might want to make that increase in troops and Pentagon budget infinite—and even that will not be sufficient until all Muslims are killed.

And then there are going to be Chinese to kill for challenging us for “our” raw materials…

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By DennisD, December 19, 2006 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment
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Sign the Bu$h twins up - they can go fight the war that Daddy missed. Think of the photo ops. I know Jr. kept the skies of Texas safe for a couple of years until he couldn’t pass his flight physical(drugs/alcohol).
And America has been looking to this empty suit for leadership. His college frat buddies must still be laughing themselves silly at the thought of him being the president of anything other than the local AA.
I think we are about to find out just how much damage he can do in the two years he has left. The only reason he won’t be impeached is because we have a Congress and Senate full of co-conspirators who are afraid they will be held accountable for this travesty as well. Sadly the inmates will continue to run the asylum as long as we let them.

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By Quy Tran, December 19, 2006 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment
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How a draft dodger knows about military and keeps talking about it ?

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By ChicagoGuy, December 19, 2006 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment
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Can you spell D.R.A.F.T. ? I can.

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By yours truly, December 19, 2006 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment
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Oh no you don’t, Mr. President, because our armed forces are gonna shrink, not expand, and it starts with TROOPS OUT NOW.  Isn’t that what the midterm elections were all about?  You say Congress will sell us out?  Except it’s not up to those sell-outs no more, it’s up to us,  meaning that we gotcha now and your impeachment is sure to follow,  whereupon, for your crimes against humanity,  you’re to be tried at the International Court of Criminal Justice.  And after that?  Empire collapses.  And then?  Up to us, just like it’s supposed to be.

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By HeadlessHessian, December 19, 2006 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment
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“A substantial military expansion will take years and would not be meaningful in the near term in Iraq.”  After 5 years of letting Dumsfeld devastate our armed forces, now the Shrub wants to build them up.  Thnank God it will take years, otherwise we’d find ourselves in another Fiasco!

Heasless

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By Eleanore Kjellberg, December 19, 2006 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment
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So the presence of 240,000 in Iraq is still NOT enough, will an additional 40,000 or 50,000 be enough to crush this violence and anarchy—-it is now a war of revenge.  We would probably need 300,000 additional troops to physically suppress this chaos.

We could never employ 300,000 additional troops into combat with an all voluntary military—-a military whose equipment is shattered; soldiers preparing to ship to Iraq don’t have enough equipment for training because it’s been left in Iraq, where it’s most needed. Thousands of tanks and other vehicles sit at repair depots waiting to be fixed because funds are short.

So if we wanted to aggressively suppress this unbelievable chaos, which has really morphed into bedlam—a volunteer military is not sufficient, we would need to reinstate the draft—are there any takers—-does anyone want to volunteer for this mission?

Perhaps, the CEO of Halliburton and all other war profiteers should have first “dibs” on fighting on the front lines in Iraq.

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14250

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By ChicagoGuy, December 19, 2006 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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The Senate voted 95 to 2 to confirm Gates as Sec. of Defense. So, with all Gate’s rhetoric at the hearings about looking for solutions to the crisis in Iraq, what is his first order of business? Sending MORE troops to fight in Iraq. There are not enough expletives in the English language to convey what I have to say to Gates and all those politicans who voted in favor of his confirmation. Again, we have been duped. We should impeach the whole damn Senate.

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