Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The McCain War Plan

John McCain has let the American Public in on his plan to win in Iraq - send in lots of troops. Currently, the idea of sending about 20,000 new troops is being bruited about, but it may be doubtful that such an increase will make a great difference in the killing. I think maybe the real reason that McCain is asking for more is that he wants to distance himself mightily from Bush's disastrous war strategy in view of his campaign for President in 2008. Totally callous. This is how it was done in Vietnam, and if anyone knows Vietnam, it's McCain. In Vietnam times, the hawks like Curtis LeMay (sounding like our former Secretary of Defense) started their winning strategery with "bombing them back to the Stone Age." Although he didn't serve there, President Bush learned from Vietnam that we should stay the course.

We always had the top technology. We've still got the weapons, but no good, new ideas. Not that this is a new idea, but I suggest giving all the major factions (Sunnis, Shias, and Kuwaitis) a cut by partitioning the country, then leaving.


Blogger Floyd said...

Wow, great minds do think alike my friend. I might me wrong but I don't believe 20,000 will get the job done in Iraq, I can't figure out McCain's take on all this? He should know it would take a lot more troops than that to restore order.

Iraq has drifted into chaos and has been there ever since the invasion itself, but the democratic elections set off bad blood between the Sunni and Shia, that for the most part has them vying for political dominance as well as religious differences, and now locked them into a civil war.

Basically they are all fighting each other and 3/4 of them hate us, that to me is rendering any chance we can work this thing out and poll after poll show this shows the number of Iraqis hating us and approving of attacks on us, well that number is not going down, it is going up.

The troops should be re-deployed and backed up into Kuwait and another option is the Kurdish strong-hold to the North, the Kurds opinion of us is good. Troops could be moved back to these areas and by doing this you basically have Iraq surrounded but are in more of a safety zone, just hanging around Baghdad and getting shot at is no plan.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Octavian said...

McCain has begun to irritate me. I'm seeing him more and more as an opportunist and less and less as a middle of the road guy.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Obviously an opportunist. After Bush infamously smeared him about his adopted child in the 2000 election run up, McCain came back to embrace Bush.

McCain has recently taken two positions on gay marriage - civil unions. It appears that it depends on who he's talking to at the time.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

before you ramble you should know they're called shiites not shias.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Jim Hudson said...

Shia Islam describes the second largest group of followers of Mohammed. Sometimes they are called Shias - Google that one.

8:51 PM  

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