Wednesday, January 10, 2007

President Bush announces "last chance" buildup in Iraq


President Bush addressed the nation at 9 PM EST Wednesday night, and announced plans to increase troops in Iraq by 20,000. He admits disappointment with the results due to lack of sufficient troops, and lack of sufficient authority for the troops to act on conditions.

Most commentators say that this is the last chance (not the "pentultimate" or "antepenultimate" buildup). Republicans may go over to the Democrats and try to bring the troops home. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed anger that she had not been consulted before the speech was written.

But this reminds me of General William Westmorland's repeated calls for more troops in Vietnam during the Johnson administration. I was drafted in early 1968, just after the Tet Offensive.

The CNN story is here.

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