Thursday, August 31, 2006

Mo' Troops LESS Problems

Bill talking about Rumsfeld's leadership skills in Iraq... or lack thereof.

The morgue in Baghdad counted more than 1,800 bodies last month, which was a record high...But this month, the morgue is on track to receive less than a quarter of that. Why? Because we've redeployed 8,000 U.S. soldiers and 3,000 Iraqi troops to Baghdad and sent them on house-to-house sweeps for militants and weapons caches. In other words, we've knocked Baghdad back from complete and total madness to borderline chaos.

Geez, it's almost like more soldiers works better. And it only took three years to figure this out.

Of course, the forces weren't added; they were moved from other parts of the country, which will now descend back into complete and total madness. Whack-a-mole, as they say.

Isn't this just more confirmation that Rumsfeld's plan was totally inadequate? And I don't mean that just as an attack. I just want to know how to get things right for when we invade Iran the week before the election.

The effect of troop presence is known in law as 'deterrence', which is a utilitarian form of justice. If you know you will get caught by authorities you are less likely to commit a crime.