McCain Wants More Troops in Iraq
To all of you harboring warm, squishy feelings left over from McCain’s 2000 presidential run, keep in mind that the Arizona senator is an unabashed hawk on Iraq. (Watch it)
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On NBC?s Meet the Press this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called for immediately adding more U.S. soldiers on the ground in Iraq. Echoing the failed strategy behind the escalation during the Vietnam War, McCain suggested that putting more troops in the middle of Iraq?s civil war would help the U.S. to ultimately prevail. Watch it:
As former administration officials and military generals have noted, a larger initial force was necessary to provide security on the ground and prevent the growth of the insurgency. But at this point in the conflict, a larger force is operationally impracticable. Slate?s Fred Kaplan wrote last year that the Army could maintain its current troop levels in Iraq, but it doesn?t have the capacity to ?allow George W. Bush to send more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan? unless we institute a draft.
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