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Herman Munster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:26 PM
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Military Considers Sending as Many as 35,000 More U.S. Troops to Iraq, McCain Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/15/world/middleeast/15ir...

Senator John McCain said Thursday that American military commanders were discussing the possibility of adding as many as 10 more combat brigades a maximum of about 35,000 troops to bring the situation under control while Iraqs divided political leaders seek solutions to the worsening bloodshed here.

After talks in Baghdad with Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and other top American generals, Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican, said a substantial United States troop increase was one of the strategy changes the generals were considering as they reviewed what he called a steadily deteriorating situation.

He said meetings with Iraqi government leaders showed that they, too, have certainly not ruled out the option of more troops.

Five to 10 additional brigades is what is being discussed, Mr. McCain said, outlining an increase that could bring overall American troop strength to the highest levels since the invasion in March 2003. While American combat brigades vary, Pentagon officials say they average about 3,500 soldiers. At present, there are 15 combat brigades in Iraq, amounting to about 50,000 of the total American force of about 140,000.

The American people are disappointed and frustrated with the Iraq war, but they want us to succeed if there is any way to do that, Mr. McCain told a news conference. Unlike some American military commanders who have said any troop increase should be temporary, he said any increase should last until we can get the situation under control, or until it becomes clear that we cant.



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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:30 PM
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1. And where are all these troops going to come from?
Are McCain and Bush going to just pull them out of their butts or something?

We can send the Bush Twins. They haven't served. That only leaves 34,998 to go. Maybe Bush himself should go, and serve his country for the first time, since he was AWOL before. And "5 deferment" "Big Dick" Cheney can go as well.

That's just 34,996 left. Next, all the children of Republican Congress people can go, as well as all the freepers over at the GOP Propaganda boards. They're so quick to say this war needed to be fought, well now the pricks can go fight it!
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sallyseven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:33 PM
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2. Over my dead body. Those snakes>
Who needs to give the commanders in the field more troops? They didn't do well by the first group. The army doesn't know what the hell they are doing. Neither do the Marines. Lets just get the hell out.
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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:35 PM
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3. What do they do when the public has had enough?
Then send more troops!

So much for "democracy".
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IWantAChange Donating Member (974 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:37 PM
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4. Earth to McCain - America wants out of this fiasco - not deeper involvement.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:44 PM
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8. It's a scam by McCain
He knows damn well we have no more troops to send to Iraq - so, when that option is decided against, he can run for president in 2008 by saying, "see, if only they had listened to me, Iraq would have been stabilized and we would not have lost 4,000 young men and women over there..."
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:08 PM
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5. Deployment pics of new troops
First Division:


Second Division:


Operational Reserve:

(snowflake babies)

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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:31 PM
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6. CORRECTION: Military FORCED to consider......nt
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:34 PM
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7. Propping up a failed war with more bodies. Great plan!
It worked so well for LBJ in that other attempt at neo-colonialism.
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