The news is full of reports that the Bush Administration is about to attack Iran over their nuclear program. But one has to ask -- with what army?
Frequent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the Army and National Guard to the breaking point, and 270,000 Guard soldiers — 60 percent of the force — have already hit their limit for overseas combat. But never fear, such "quaint" service limitations on the Federal usage of State militias won't be observed by the needy Bush Administration once the midterm elections in November are completed.
In the meantime, the Army valiantly struggles to meet the demands placed upon it by a president and his top Cabinet officers who never experienced war first-hand (except for the now-departed and unlamented Vietnam veteran Colin Powell). Even though only two or three combat brigades in the entire Army - perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 troops - are fully trained and sufficiently equipped to respond quickly to crises (including responding to hurricanes and other natural disasters and deploying to Korea if conflict broke out there), and others are only about half strength, under-trained, and unequipped, they soldier on.
There is a lot of talk out of those who support the Wars For Oil, but no walk. Luckily for the Bush Administration, there are those who are attempting to ease the manpower shortages facing our military by challenging Bush supporters to enlist in the war they have to date expected others to fight.
For instance, Operation Yellow Elephant (OYE) asks a very pertinent question: It's their war. Why aren't they fighting it?
OYE reports that conservative columnist Linda Chavez wants "More Boots on the Ground" in Iraq, claiming that "If we had twice the number of troops when we first entered Iraq, we might not be fighting there today."
There is a way that war supporters can ensure that Chavez' desire for an increase in occupation forces can be realized. Recruiting year FY-2007 begins next Sunday, and the Army is looking for 80,000 good men (and most likely, good women), but somehow the allure of a military career fighting George's Crusade For Crude isn't causing military recruiters to complain about overwork!
As OYE so poignantly puts it: "If you are an American citizen 18-41 and support the war, if you haven't visited your local Armed Forces Recruiting Center to volunteer for military service, then you're a Yellow Elephant. If you won't encourage real conservative American patriots to volunteer for military service to put More Boots on the Ground, you're just blowing smoke."
One of the most public of these Yellow Elephants is Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) (August 2005), who publicly declined to accept the opportunity to encourage his children to enlist in the military to support his party leader's campaign to dominate the world's petroleum reserves for the benefit of golf-playing SUV owners.