1964, 2006, 5000: When Exit Strategeries Fail

July 27, 1964:

On July 27, 1964 5,000 additional U.S. military advisors were ordered to South Vietnam, bringing the total U.S. troop commitment to 21,000. The massive escalation of the war from 1964 to 1968 was justified on the basis of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident on August 2-4, 1964′¦

July 27, 2006:

WASHINGTON – Military commanders [...]

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July 27, 1964:

On July 27, 1964 5,000 additional U.S. military advisors were ordered to South Vietnam, bringing the total U.S. troop commitment to 21,000. The massive escalation of the war from 1964 to 1968 was justified on the basis of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident on August 2-4, 1964′¦

July 27, 2006:

WASHINGTON – Military commanders in Iraq are developing a plan to move as many as 5,000 U.S. troops with armored vehicles and tanks into Baghdad in an effort to quell escalating violence, defense officials said Thursday’¦

5000 – just another one of Tony Snow’™s ‘œnumbers’, I suppose.

When it comes to the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, it’™s pretty clear that maintaining 130,000+ pairs of boots on the ground just isn’™t sustainable for much longer. – It’™s not political: it’™s pure, pragmatic math. – Current recruitment levels, force rotations, readiness, other commitments around the world, and troops leaving the service at the end of their obligation, just don’™t add up to ‘œforever in Iraq’’¦

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Friday, July 28th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

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