Three 800-pound Guerillas
Scheuer goes on to point out:
Bin Laden also has veteran al Qaeda administrators and logisticians in Iraq who can—as they did in the Soviet-Afghan war—greet, shelter, feed, arm, and train Muslim volunteers flowing to Iraq from around the Islamic world.
Quite simply, our military and the Iraqi people are being nibbled to death by Saddam Hussein’s best-trained, nastiest military operatives who deserted during the allied invasion. A seemingly endless chain of human kamikazes from all over the Arab world who fervently wish to kill everybody in sight and die themselves reinforces them.
As of Sunday (8/06/06), the total of U.S. military personnel killed and wounded in Iraq is 21,368—and counting. Iraqi civilians—adults and children—are being murdered at the rate of 100 a day, caught in the vortex of Sunni-Shi’a insanity.
One Way Out
If the occupying forces could gradually push the borders of the Green Zone outward in all directions and secure more and more of Baghdad until all the criminal insurgents were standing in the desert looking in, maybe victory could be claimed.
It would require 230,000 or more additional boots on the ground—roughly the original 2002 estimates by the Pentagon of what was needed, a number that Rumsfeld nixed at the outset as being politically unacceptable to the American people—a number that would require reviving the draft.
Instead America is betting that 400,000 needed fighters will be made up of Iraqis—30-day wonders trained by the United States—to take over for our troops now stretched to the breaking point.
The Poker Analogy
In 1947 my father was commissioned by the old Liberty magazine to write a series of articles on the 1948 presidential candidates. His last question in each of his interviews was this: “In poker do you draw to an inside straight?”
New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey (the odds-on favorite) thought a moment and replied, “Never.”