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More Troops: Tastes Great, Less Filling?

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 9:13 AM

In response to comments by leading generals that our armed forces are breaking or broken, the War President plans on increasing the size of the military.

"The reason why is, it is a accurate reflection that this ideological war we're in is going to last for a while, and that we're going to need a military that's capable of being able to sustain our efforts and help us achieve peace," Bush explains in an interview with the Washington Post.

Yes, the summit of our policy, the pinnacle of the leadership we manifest in the Middle East comes down to more soldiers.

Not to mention that terrorism is not an ideology, it's a tactic. To claim we are in the midst of an ideological war suggests we are fighting against Islam. We're placing ourselves in the midst of a theological, societal conflict that dates back to the death of Mohammed, and expecting to win by parading a few soldiers around the block.

Doubtless, we will hear another round of Bush insulting the American public 'forgetting' the reasons for why we fight, 'forgetting' that this would be a long battle, and that we can only lose if we quit.

It's not that we lack troops; it's that a continued presence in Iraq, with mounting casualties and repeated tours of duty, have reduced the flexibility and efficiency of our existing forces.

If you have a headache, and one aspirin doesn't work, you don't chug the rest of the bottle; you perhaps go see your doctor to see if the symptoms are indicative of other problems.

That surprise, however, is not the ominous fate which Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Virginia) predicts in a letter to supporters.

"If American citizens don't wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration, there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran," Goode warns, playing to the trumped-up controversy about Rep. Keith Ellison wanting to swear his oath on the Koran instead of the Bible, as Ellison is Muslim and not Christian.

Never mind that the presence of a holy book is for photos only, and not required for the actual oath of office.

"I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped."

But what are we looking at here? Any value to Goode's hard-line stance on illegal immigration � the full text of the letter encourages putting an end to illegal immigration, limiting legal immigration, and ending visas that allow people from the Middle East to come to America � is defeated by the ideological basis that Goode espouses. (Goode should, perhaps, recall that the Middle East is home to Jews and Christians as well as Muslims.)

Goode's letter was accidentally sent to the local head of the Sierra Club.

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