Kristol’s piece is unimpressive. Actually Congress sets troop levels (it determines how many active, Reserve, and Guard numbers it will fund) and Congress actually limited uparmored Humvee production to “up to 450″ per month in its own supplemental appropriation bill (S. 2401). There’s also an excellent piece in today’s Wall Street Journal that more than answers Kristol’s rhetorical charges against Rummy.
At no time does Kristol, or his Senate friends McCain and Hagel, explain where the additional troops will come from. It’s very odd that those who supported the war from day one now complain about troop strength, when surely they knew at the time that we didn’t have another 100,000 to 150,000 troops to deploy to Iraq. And, as numerous experts have pointed out, exactly what would these troops do there? Create more targets for the terrorists who attack our convoys, I suppose.
But there may well be more substantive arguments for finding and deploying another 100,000 troops to Iraq. Perhaps, at some point, Kristol, McCain, Hagel, et al, will provide them, in some detail.