February 28, 2005

That Troop Number Thang

"My own preference would have been for more forces after the conflict."

--Colin Powell, as recently interviewed in the British press.

Posted by Gregory at February 28, 2005 03:03 AM | TrackBack (6)
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Poor Colin, always going with the flow.

Posted by: FJHarris at February 28, 2005 04:25 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Ouch - perfect reponse, Mr. Harris

Posted by: Art Wellesley at February 28, 2005 04:54 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Mr. Powell's present day candor is a day late and a dollar short. He should have stated his "preference" for additional troops to the media if his suggtions were not taken up at the end of "major combat operations". That might have forced the Pres to instruct Rummy to increase troop levels and there by possibly avoiding the some of the problems we have faced these past x number of months.

Posted by: jj at March 1, 2005 03:41 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Stop the madness, JJ...

What number of troops, in a nation of 26 Million, would have "possibly" avoided "some" of the problems?

Posted by: Art at March 1, 2005 04:34 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Powell always wants more troops - he didn't want to go after Saddam's army in Gulf I without more, more and more...

Posted by: Major John at March 1, 2005 06:52 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

"Stop the madness, JJ...

What number of troops, in a nation of 26 Million, would have "possibly" avoided "some" of the problems?"

Posted by: Art

Several times the number - meaning that all available active-duty troops should have been put in as soon as possible, with the majority having spent the last months before the war training for occuptation/anti-guerrilla duties. And that, starting in Fall, 2002, *all* Army/Marine NG/reserve troops should have been called up, to get a few months of full-time training before being sent to Iraq.

Of course, as others have pointed out, doing this would have contradicted the administration line that the war would be quick and easy.

Posted by: Barry at March 1, 2005 06:36 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Barry-

For the love of God, stop this ridiculous line of argument.

Maybe Art wasn't clear when he wrote "26 Million" people

Try this: That's 26,000,000.

All our "soldiers" is about 400,000.

Explain to me how an additional 1 soldier per 100 Iraqi citizens was going to affect the story on the ground?

See, you can play at politics, but if you're completely ignorant of logistics, you only make an ass of yourself.

Do yourself a favor and stop right now, before this gets nasty.

Posted by: Tommy G at March 2, 2005 03:46 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink
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