Wednesday, January 10, 2007

It's not a surge if you don't leave

Notice how President Bush tonight was actually able to pronounce all the words? supposedly this time is different because cleared areas will not be given back to the insurgents. Now if American forces are required to do this then how exactly are they supposed to leave? After all the Iraqi military hasn't exactly shown to be a terribly useful force as of yet. Accelerated training? Rushing green recruits onto the front line isn't going to help.

There's a rule of thumb that says that you need 10 troops for every insurgent [it may not be a useful metric but it does exist]. So when Bush wants an increase of 21,000 soldiers they can handle 2100 insurgents. Something tells me there's more insurgents then that that aren't being engaged at the moment.

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