Redeployed to Iraq and Afghanistan for the FIFTH Time

July 9, 2007 at 11:48 am | Posted in America, American politics, Bush Administration, corruption, George W Bush, Iraq, Military, War on Terror, World Events | 5 Comments

An Army Reservist in Miami is being ordered back to Iraq for a fifth time. He’s not upset at being sent back, as he finds his duty to his country honorable. But he is suing the Army to hold off his redeployment so he could finish up his degree in engineering, and to make sure he doesn’t lose his house (which he would if he were redeployed).

The United States military, as currently designed, an all-volunteer force with only so many, can only handle so much continuous fighting before they become a “broken” military. Apparently that end will come next April when the military will basically run out of soldiers. This is scary stuff. Our military is so badly weakened by our actions in Iraq that, well, if we are tested by a truly powerful enemy, we really won’t have the capability to defend ourselves.

General Michael Rose wrote: (h/t Hellmut at Headlife)

It is hardly an overstatement to say that had Britain not ended the American War of Independence when it did, it could never have been in a position to defeat Napoleon.

Today, of course, the United States finds itself in much the same position as Britain in 1781. Distracted and diminished by an irrelevant, costly and probably unwinnable war in Iraq, America could ultimately find itself challenged by countries like China and India. Unless it can find a leader with the moral courage of Pitt, there is a strong probability that it will be forced to relinquish its position as the global superpower — possibly to a regime that does not have the same commitment to justice and liberty that the United States and Britain have worked so hard to extend across the world over the past two centuries.

The sound of the first shot fired at Lexington in 1775 echoed across the world. So too did the firing of the last shot six years later at Yorktown. That second echo brought salvation for Britain, and ultimately great benefit to the entire world.

Smart thinking says that we should be far more concerned about our national security than the national security of another nation. The greater threat lies not from the cave-dwelling terrorists, but from other nations who might just take advantage of our weakened position to increase their power vis a vis us.

There really is nothing more we can do in Iraq right now that is worth the cost we are incurring. We must reduce our costs if we are to ensure our position in the world stays the way it is. Otherwise in perhaps just a few years, we will find ourselves no longer in charge of the direction of this world. And that is a far scarier position for us to be in than with an unstable Iraq.


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  1. Thanks for the hat tip, Daniel.

    I do think that terrorists are still a security threat but the occupation of Iraq is an ineffective, counterproductive, and wasteful response.

  2. hey Hellmut, no prob. 🙂

    They are a security threat, but not on the level to require such a massive military response. Especially one where the target was not even terrorism, but a crippled and destitute state.

  3. Sun Tzu is still right: victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. It’s amazing that 2500 year old military strategy is still relevant today.

    We lost before we started by not having sufficient forces to ensure a victory. The only option to do this would have been a draft, something that would be nothing short of political suicide. Right now, we’re looking at about 8-9 soldiers and security personnel per thousand. Statistical analysis shows that it takes closer to 22 per thousand to ensure victory. No wonder we’re in trouble.

  4. Jesse,

    22 per thousand. Let’s put those numbers up. That means for a population of 23 million (about that of Iraq) that means 506,000 combat troops.

  5. And if we rotate troops annually then that means over one million boots on the ground, plus logistics and support.

    The biggest problem is, however, that there is no Iraqi government that we could cooperate with.

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