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“This administration is populated by people who’ve spent their careers bashing government. They’re not just small-government conservatives—they’re Grover Norquist, strangle-it-in-the-bathtub conservatives. It’s a cognitive disconnect for them to be able to do something well in an arena that they have so derided and reviled all these years.”

Senator Hillary Clinton

Monday, November 13, 2006

Send in more troops!

Over the weekend, John McCain (R-AZ) reaffirmed his conviction that Iraq can be won if we only send in more troops.

So I say let's do it.

Democrats should look into this position closely for a number of reasons. First off, if he's right, then Democrats look smart for hopping on board. I realize that Democrats ran mostly on a platform of finding a way out of the quagmire in Iraq, but if boosting troop levels is the way to get us out with some level of whatever-you-call-victory, then Democrats look serious in the war on terror and that particular strawman blows away in the wind. But this, in all probability, will not be the outcome.

By subjecting the McCain plan to extra scrutiny, it shows how unserious the proposal actually is. As General Barry McCaffery pointed out this evening on MSNBC, we simply do not have the resources or the troops to enact it. We would have to come up with a whole new group of recruits in a time when the armed forces already must lower standards to meet their goals. Plus, we'd have to train said troops and ship them overseas, all the while hoping that Iraq doesn't further devolve into a civil war.

The McCain plan for Iraq is political posturing at it's finest. And exposing it as such would weaken McCain's future while showing Democrats are bipartisan and willing to look at other solutions for Iraq.