Monday, January 22, 2007

Against the surge

I am not persuaded that another surge of troops into Baghdad for the purposes of suppressing this communitarian violence, this civil war, will work. So if it's grave and deteriorating and we're not winning, we are losing.

It is the D.C. police force that guards Washington, D.C., not the troops that are stationed at Fort Myer. And in Baghdad, you need a police force to do that, and in the other cities, you need a police force to do that, and not the American troops.

The current active Army is not large enough and the Marine Corps is not large enough for the kinds of missions they're being asked to perform. We need to let both the Army and the Marine Corps grow in size, in my military judgment.

Colin Powell on Face the Nation

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