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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bring on the big push.

One of the possible recommendations of the Iraq Study Group is a big push in Iraq-- send more troops, get things under control. John McCain has been pushing for this, and there are suggestions that Fearless Leader is on board:

President George Bush has told senior advisers that the US and its allies must make "a last big push" to win the war in Iraq and that instead of beginning a troop withdrawal next year, he may increase US forces by up to 20,000 soldiers, according to sources familiar with the administration's internal deliberations.

It won't work. BushCo was screwed out of the gate by sending in too few troops to begin with. Trying an iron fist ploy at this point is just going to increase the size and ferocity of an already pissed-off and entrenched insurgency. So sez me. That was before I ran across a retarded Weekly Standard article which argues that the Bushies know exactly what they're doing because increased troop levels are directly linked to a decrease in US casualties.

As befits the reality-based community, someone decided to look into the Weekly Standard's claims (and thank heaven there are people out there with the patience), only to find that-- when looking at the actual numbers and applying Eldritche & Arkayne Mysteries of Mathematika-- increasing troop levels by 20,000 wouldn't make a damn bit of difference.

See the entire analysis through the title link.