As I watch our servicefolk being called back to multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guard and Reserve forces being deployed multiple times, Navy and Air Force troops being diverted to do Army duties, new recruits being rushed through training, troops being wounded, PTSD’d, West Point grads and other officers retiring ahead of schedule, and materiel being used up and worn out at a prodigious rate, I am left to wonder … what IS the administration’s plan for our armed forces? Near as I can see, it is to run them smack into the ground. The current trend is clearly not sustainable in the long term. What’s the end game? I don’t think anyone, on any side, wants a draft. But by the end of Bush’s term, our forces will be a sad shadow of what they were in 2000. Is he just trying his damnedest to “win” the war in Iraq before he exits office, and plans to leave the mess of the armed forces (along with other messes) to his successor?
As much as I’m opposed to the current war, I’m from a military family and believe in the value of keeping a strong military at the ready … and I can’t see how the current direction serves that military, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican or neither. Anyone have any insights?
I think you underestimate his capacity for self-delusion, if you think he’s merely hoping to “pass it off”. Yes, he probably believes that American troops will be stationed in Iraq on the Day of Jubilee (Jan. 20, 2009). But he believes that by that time, real, clear, and sustained progress will have been made, and the American people will be praising him for his principled stand, and ruefully regretful that we ever doubted him. Historians will be exhausting thier lists of superlatives describing how he stood firm and guided America, even when he was, ah, less than wholly popular.
He believes that it is imminent, that all he needs do is stall just a little longer. He is a fool.