John Kerry is floating a plan to um… get out of Iraq, by adding 40,000 more troops to the fray. The plan calls for half to be those specializing as military police and for civil affairs, and the other 20,000 would be combat troops. Bloomberg has the full story in “Kerry Calls for More Troops to Bolster U.S. Military”:
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry called for increasing the U.S. military by 40,000 troops, probably for a decade, in order “to match its new missions” in the war on terror and homeland security.
“Kerry has to be careful in the campaign not to be perceived as too eager to change the course of U.S. policy toward Iraq,” said Mark Rozell, head of Catholic University’s politics department in Washington. “His policy options are limited by what Bush decides and he cannot say too much in a critical way or else he risks being perceived as undermining the U.S. war effort. It is a delicate balancing act for him.”
You have admit though, it doesn’t sound too different from the Bush doctrine. But funny enough, in the run-up to the June 30th handover, the Pentagon has been pulling more troops out of Iraqi cities and handing the security over to local militias — such as Al Sadr loyalists in Najjaf.
What strikes me as funny is that the Bush administration has had high attrition since the Iraq war began, and has been actively calling up dormant reservists. Which could make anyone ask: Where the heck does Kerry think these 40,000 troops are going to come from?