Putting 17,500 more American troops in Baghdad - population 5.9 million - will not control the city, which includes 23 separate Muslim armies, including the more than 60,000-man Mahdi Army of the radical Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
If President Bush is hell-bent on sending more troops into Iraq, they should not be sent over there until all of the 4,000 heavily armed Humvees the military ordered late last fall are in Iraq to protect our troops from the improvised explosive devices planted by the Muslim terrorists.
They come out of their hiding places, plant their IEDs and then retreat into the 2 million people of the area of Baghdad called Sadr City, without having to battle the much more heavily armed U.S. troops - and where our soldiers can't tell friend from enemy. ...
We went to war with only 200 of the heavily armed Humvees, but now we need 20 times that many to fight the peace as we needed to fight the war. ...
Why don't oil-rich countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, United Arab Emirates, etc. provide the funds to hire some of the 1.3 billion fellow Muslims in the world to do the job that the U.S. forces are now doing? Then it would be Muslims killing Muslims, not Muslims killing Americans and Muslims.
When we invaded Iraq, we went to war for three reasons: oil, Dad and Israel. President Bush declared the war against Iraq to be over May 1, 2003. from the flight deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. Saddam Hussein is dead, and there is a new government in Iraq. So President Bush has gotten revenge on Hussein for Saddam's foiled attempt to kill the president's dad.
Bring our troops home now!
Richard Amundson, Augusta