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Submitted by Rick House (United States), Nov 6, 2006 at 16:37

Overwhelming commitment of forces in Iraq was and is the wrong strategy. Doesn't anyone remember LBJ and Westmoreland? They sent more and more troops to Vietnam and destroyed the commitment and participation of the South Vietnamese in their own struggle.

Modern insurgencies survive and expand with the infusion of large foreign troop commitments. The Bush strategy is the right one. Fight Iraq with a light footprint and Iraqis will continue to join the police force and the army. Go in hog wild and dominate the country with 300,000 to 400,000 troops and you'll sign off on a very long stay --and an increasing death toll.

Finally, don't lose focus. Iraq is a tactical theater of the war on terror, it's not the war. Our mobility is our greatest strength today -- and the terrorists know it.

Ps: The terrorists are losing. A recent news report reported that ordinary citizens have been captured and tied/taped into suicide car bombs. While the reporter portrayed these acts as an escilation of the conflict, these tactics could also point to fewer terrorists willing to martyr themselves. The battles continue but there is evidence of victory.

Pss: Bush NEVER promised a short war on terror! But the Democrats do!


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