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The Pretty Boy Plan

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May 30, 2006
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Pretty Boy John Edwards has a plan to wipe out terrorism without firing a shot in anger

To the Dems Poverty Pimp, the way to fight terrorism is to "attack the root causes" with US taxpayer paid handouts

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What, no troop increase?
June 14, 2007

A week after calling the war on terror a "bumper-sticker slogan," John Edwards proposed a 10,000-strong "Marshall Corps" of young professionals -- military or civilian, it's not quite specified -- which the United States would send to "weak and failing states," purportedly to fight terrorism's "root causes." How they would do that in places like Somalia or Pakistan and face life-threatening ordeals isn't much specified by Mr. Edwards. But practicality isn't exactly his aim here.
His fatuous idea serves chiefly to conjure happy images of the great Gen. George C. Marshall or, perhaps, the Peace Corps and its JFK aura. It's an unworkable proposal.
Mr. Edwards' "strategy against terrorism" makes no endorsement of the obviously necessary increase in the size of the Marine Corps and Army, which most of the other presidential hopefuls support. Reading through the six legs of Mr. Edwards' strategy, it is clear that this omission is intentional. This "Strategy to Shut Down Terrorists and Stop Terrorism before It Starts" discusses military manpower at length. It dances around the subject of permanent increases, however.
"The force structure of our military should match its mission," it reads. This is followed by a lambasting of the Bush administration for mismanaging and overdeploying the military in two wars -- this is surely warranted, given the president's stubborn resistance to increasing ground forces -- which is itself followed by the equally warranted, "We must have enough troops to rebuild from Iraq." Stop relying so heavily on the National Guard and Reserves. Double military recruiting "so that we can reduce waivers issued for recruits with felonies." Restore equipment worn down or destroyed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it contains no call for permanent increases.


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