Where we are
From Robert Kagan's piece in today's Post ...
There are good reasons why the administration is not sending more troops to Iraq, of course. But they are not the reasons outlined by U.S. commanders. Those generals are saying we have enough troops in Iraq chiefly because they know full well they dare not ask for more. The price of putting another division or more of American troops into Iraq will be high. It means mobilizing more reserves and using more National Guard forces. It either means pushing the Army to the breaking point or making the very expensive but necessary decision to increase the overall size of the American military, and fast. Right now administration officials don't want to think the unthinkable. Unfortunately, they may be forced to in a month or two. And, unfortunately, by then it may be too late.
I don't think I share Kagan's full pessimism about the assistance to be gained from an effective internationalization (see column
). But the picture he paints of the state of US forces and our ability to handle expanded deployments sounds disturbingly accurate.