Bush to send 20,000 more troops?
47 days ago John McCain was in New Hampshire (wink wink, nudge nudge) advocating for 20,000 more troops to quell the "classic insurgency" in Iraq.
Yesterday, the Bush Administration took a step in his direction by floating the idea that the Army have at the National Guard and increase US troop presence by, you guessed it, 20,000.
"[A] last big push" is what they're calling it.
Laura Rozen points out (HT: Swopa) that what's actually on the table is a startling reversal in tactic. Instead of coaxing Sunnis into a coalition government, the US may now just scrap that plan and join the Shiites side of the
civil sectarian war.
As far as McCain is concerned, this may not be what it appears on its face. That is, a party-wide push to the '08 presidency.
Many have suggested that McCain's call for more soldiers wasn't as "straight-talkin'" as his bio proclaims. It may have been an insurance policy against his unwavering support for a war seen by 70% of Americans as a disaster.
In other words, the Vietnam defense: If it hadn'ta been for those chickensh*ts who called for withdrawal, if we'da just thrown more firepower at them, we'da won this thing. And I called for 20,000 more troops way back...
May McCain should've called for 100,000 or 200,000 just to be safe.