Originally Posted by Donkey
You can only help someone as much as they want to be helped...
I mean what should we do, obviously what we are doing is having less than desired results....
Should we leave now hang out and go back in a couple years to clean up the mess again after they total spiral out of control????
The biggest stumbling block in Iraq was/is/continues to be a lack of manpower. GW was told this prior to our invasion ... and ... he has been told this at every single opportunity by our military leaders since the invasion. We can ONLY train just so many soldiers and policemen with the manpower we presently have on the ground. When you consider what small percentage of our troops are actually training Iraqis, is it any wonder the timetable and the results of the training are in question?
I do understand that just increasing manpower is NOT the entire answer to the problems facing our troops - the politicians need to get off their arses and place some goals (timetable), for accomplishment before the Iraqi government with an admonishment that we will be tolerant of inaction on their part just so long ... and ... then we will leave Iraq (Iraqi government ready or not).
As long as our people are willing to give our military and our politicians a second chance to resolve these issues, a second Vietnam will never occur.
Rep. Silvestre Reyes is only recognizing what our military leaders have been saying since day one - the fact he DID NOT support the invasion says a lot about the Representative considering what his stance on manpower for Iraq is. At least he is NOT in favor of cutting and running - he is willing to give the administration a second chance (something that many of the Doves are not ready to concede).