A Case for Many More Troops

Well, it's a little late, but not completely nuts:

Consider these data: Between November 2004 and February 2005, according to the Brookings Institution's Iraq Index, the number of coalition soldiers in Iraq rose by 18,000. In that time, the number of Iraqi civilians killed fell by two-thirds, and the number of American troops wounded fell by three-fourths. The soldiers were soon pulled out; by the summer of 2005, American and Iraqi casualties rose again. Later that year, the same thing happened again. Between September and November of 2005, another 23,000 soldiers were deployed in Iraq; once again, both Iraqi and American casualties fell. In the early months of 2006, the number of soldiers fell again, and casualties spiraled up.

An addition of 20,000 seems insignificant to me - another signal to the enemy that we can be outlasted. A commitment of another 50,000 to 75,000 troops to Iraq is a different matter. I just doubt this president has the political capital to do such a thing.