The look on Donald Rumsfeld’s face lately has not been a happy one. As the Bush Administration and its defenders try to pretend that the war in Iraq is not going badly, the reality is that things are getting worse with little hope for a solution in the near future.
Viceroy Jerry has asked for 50,000 troops to maintain his rule. There’s one small problem with that. There aren’t 50K to give. The US military is nearly at the end of it’s deployable strength and needs to withdraw the 3ID as soon as possible.
We are rounding up people in their sleep and taking 10 AK’s in battalion and brigade sized sweeps. Use the combat power of a US battalion to grab, what, five sleepy guys and their rifles and the attacks grow? There may be up to one million potential guerrillas and supporters. Not only that, but the kids are tossing rocks and laughing at our wounded and dead. We are losing the population more and more each day.
The fatal error of Bush’s “Bring ’em On” comment is that besides its cheap talk and bully posturing, is that it isn’t true. We cannot handle what they’re throwing at us. We don’t know who they are and we aren’t killing them in number. They wound and kill Americans every day and escape. They aren’t being killed.