"Reinforce Baghdad" with College and Young Republicans!
Two pro-war neocons, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol and National Review editor Rich Lowry, urged President Bush to send more American troops to Baghdad:
We are at a crucial moment in Iraq. Supporters of the war, like us, have in the past differed over tactics. But at this urgent pass, there can be no doubt that we need to stop the downward slide in Iraq by securing Baghdad. There is no mystery as to what can make the crucial difference in the battle of Baghdad: American troops.
Mr. Lawrence J. Korb (former Reagan-era Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Installations and Logistics) and Peter Ogden of the Center for American Progress said it's just not possible. [No money quote; click here to read the whole thing.] But Lowry betrayed his own chickenhawk/Yellow Elephant roots in his response, aptly labeled "Troop Nonsense" [seriously]:
Korb: Already, the stress of Iraq and Afghanistan on our soldiers has been significant: Every available active-duty combat brigade has served at least one tour in Iraq or Afghanistan, and many have served two or three.
Lowry: This speaks to a strain, no doubt. But just because a combat brigade has served once in Iraq or Afghanistan, it doesn’t mean that it can’t go back. The same is true for brigades that have been there more than once. This is a hardship, but I’m guessing if you asked most soldiers if they’d rather avoid the strain, or win in Iraq, they’d take the strain and the victory. (Which is just one of the reasons why they are so amazing.)
[Lowry obviously doesn't know any soldiers. If he did, he'd have said "our soldiers." And, he would have understood the deployment cycle: At best, a unit can only be in the field a third of the time. This was also a problem in the Clinton Administration.]
There is one thing that both Kristol and Lowry can do, right now, to add credibility to their article: Write editorials in their magazines supporting Operation Yellow Elephant in urging all healthy heterosexual Americans 41 and under who support the war to volunteer for military service.
If they won't do even that, then they're just blowing smoke.