March 24, 2006

IF THEY AREN'T HOME HE CAN'T GET RID OF THEM:

Rumsfeld vows Iraq drawdown will continue (Rowan Scarborough, March 24, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that commanders are planning further troop reductions in Iraq despite ongoing violence that has killed hundreds of civilians after the February bombing of the Shi'ite Golden Mosque.

Asked about President Bush's remark Tuesday that U.S. troops will be in Iraq until at least 2009, the year he leaves office, Mr. Rumsfeld said there could still be Americans training the Iraqi security forces (ISF). It was a clear signal that the defense secretary expects that by that time the United States' combat role will be greatly reduced.

Critics of Mr. Rumsfeld somehow still don't grasy that the WoT was just a distraction from his real project, shrinking the Cold War military and making it as flexible as the much different warfare of the 21st century requires. The mistakes made in Iraq are by and large a function of our fighting the war with an outdated military.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2006 8:44 AM
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Tell the American people that the GOP views the War on Terror as a distraction. You'll get lots of votes, I'm sure.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at March 24, 2006 12:36 PM

Chris:

Why would anyone tell a democratic electorate the truth about a war? They'd never fight them.

Posted by: oj at March 24, 2006 12:46 PM

The "mistakes" in the war, IMHO, were largely political decisions, not military.

On the military side we really need to evaluate the future of the Reserve/NG units and their role. I believe that's being done. I must add their performance has largely been exemplary ... bless them.

And our current professional force of volunteers, overall, is peerless in our history.

Posted by: Genecis at March 24, 2006 2:36 PM

And, Gen, we have proven again to the world's militaries that the US military, regular, reserve, and guard, are tops. Nothing like disabusing people of that "weekend warrior" sneer.

Posted by: Mikey at March 24, 2006 6:40 PM

There is a trap in shrinking the American military below what is needed for expeditionary operations.

Occasions for the use of force will be presented in the future. It will remain neccessary to have sufficient traditional combat arms to cover the movement, insertion and operation of high-tech components.

Furthermore, we must have overwhelming strategic force to deter the use of WMD by rogue states. Note that in this regard the world government, by definition, cannot be a rogue state; those who resist the world government are rogue states.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 25, 2006 3:42 AM

No, there isn't. The trap lies in having so many men that we use them instead of weapons.

Posted by: oj at March 25, 2006 7:44 AM
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