Iraq - Our Options

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    I did not support the invasion of Iraq.

    But such sentiments no longer matter.

    There seems to me to be two possible directions that our country can take:

    1) Stay, or

    2) Pull out.

    To stay, it seems that more troops are needed. It is my opinion that if we are going to assume that the mission can be accomplished, ~120,000 troops is not enough. The number needs to be increased to about 500,000. There is a job to be done...it's about time this country manned up and did the job - draft or no draft.

    To pull out would probably destroy any hope of turning Iraq into a viable democracy. To do so would be a waste of the 2000+ soldiers that have died and the countless civilians that have died as well. However, without a greater commitment, it is not practical to stay.

    This country needs to choose a side of the road. The middle will get us killed.

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    Why 500k? Why are more US troops needed, when the generals on the ground are saying that the 30k increase in the past 2 months has been sufficient to get to the election in about 2 weeks. 30k should be gone by the first couple weeks in Jan., then a slow reduction in troops throughout the next 6 months, barring no changes from how things have been going the past 6 months or so. How do you know more?
     
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    Our troops are having to play "whack the mole" - as far as I can tell. It's like having ten fingers but twelve holes to fill.

    I admit that I cannot produce any evidence of this fact but it seems to me that if there were a sufficient amount of troops on the ground, the attacks against our troops would decrease.

    I do not think that the level of troops that are on the ground is sufficient. Our troops should not have to "leap frog" from city to city in order to keep the preace.
     
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    500.000 is to much. But 300.000 is the right figure for securing the boarder.
     
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    Which border?

    Mexico or Iraq?
     
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    So you pick a number out of the air and say, 'that's what American policy should be.' Ok...:rolleyes:
     
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    Which border would that be? Saudi/Kuwait? Iran? Syria/Lebanon? Jordan?
     
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    Well I'm not picking a number out of the air.

    150,000 is not enough to me...as is apparent.

    But as I said...I will look for evidence that 500,000 is a more practical number.
     
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    Don't bother, I think I'll continue to rely on the guys on the ground over there. Adding more than we need is not only impractical, wasteful, it's also dangerous.
     
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    all boarders surrounding iraq. 150.000 securing, monitoring, preventing terrorists flow into iraq, and 150.000 soldiers fighting within the boarders.
     

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