On Syria, McCain Reminds Us Why We Voted for Obama - Page 2
In his recent rants on Syria, McCain is following a familiar script: The US has failed to lead unless we lead with the bodies of our young service members. Anything less than sending our men and women to commence the killing is a failure of US resolve.
So let’s add up what a President McCain’s commitment to American “leadership” might have looked like:
- Iraq – 500,000 troops digging in for a permanent occupation.
- Afghanistan – 250,000 troops digging in for a long term occupation (only because half a million wouldn’t fit.)
- Egypt – 50,000 Airmen controlling the airspace after official society collapses and there is no government to continue to buy the US spare parts with US foreign aid. Egypt has been the biggest purchaser of US weapons with US dollars for years.
- Libya — 75,000 soldiers unsuccessfully reestablishing order after deposing Gadhafi. But it’s a dry heat…
- Syria — 200,000 soldiers in an active ground war and training local rebels we believe are “not yet ready to stand up” See below since Syria and Iran quickly morph into a single war.
- Iran — 600,000 soldiers in an all-out shooting war backed by 30,000 Israeli troops who basically serve just to piss off the average Iranian and get Netanyahu reelected.
- Strait of Hormuz blockade — 35,000 Sailors. The navigational implications of so many warships slow up traffic and raise oil prices.
- One of the largest resupply missions in US history. Damn the deficits; full speed ahead!
In a McCain presidency we might have had upward of two million tired and over rotated US troops now engaged in shooting wars in the Middle East. And behind them, they would need a resupply mission involving perhaps a like number of bodies.
There is only one way to support that level of “leadership.” Does anyone doubt that reinstatement of the military draft would also be part of a President McCain administration?