TITLE

Crunch Time

PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;11/17/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 20, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The author disputes the recent claim by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that, despite the escalation of violence in Iraq, there has not been a need for additional U.S. forces. Instead, Rumsfeld intends to withdraw 30,000 soldiers by next summer. Senator John Kerry said in September that dispatching more troops to Iraq would be the" worst thing" the United States could do. But the unlikely duo of Rumsfeld and Kerry has things backward. The United States shouldn't be drawing down its troop levels in Iraq; it should be building them up. Without adequate security, groups essential to rebuilding Iraq simply cannot function. And, at the moment, the U.S. Army is the only force that can provide this security. But the same overstretched force must also combat what has become a full-blown insurgency. Their disavowals notwithstanding, the Bush team understands the problem all too well, which is why they have spent the past few months crisscrossing the globe in search of manpower. The administration has now latched on to the idea of "Iraqifying" the war--transferring the responsibility for securing Iraq to Iraqis. Yet the mistaken logic of "Iraqification" is precisely the logic of "Vietnamization." To avoid a U.S. defeat, the administration will need to call up more reserve and National Guard units and deploy Marines to Iraq, steps it is beginning to take.
ACCESSION #
11337787

 

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