From John Kerry's speech last night:
I will build a stronger military. We will add 40,000 active duty troops, not in Iraq, but to strengthen American forces that are now overstretched, overextended and under pressure.One question: how?
We will double our Special Forces to conduct terrorist operations, anti-terrorist operations, and we will provide our troops with the newest weapons and technology to save their lives and win the battle. And we will end the backdoor draft of the National Guard and reservists.
To all who serve in our armed forces today, I say: Help is on the way.
This is yet further cultivation of the irresponsible fantasy that, under a Kerry presidency, Russian, NATO, and Arab troops are going to start pouring into Iraq to secure and stabilize the country. No more US troops will be sent, and by ending the "backdoor draft" of the Reserves and Guard, Kerry is actually promising less troops in 2005. Yet the Pentagon says ~140,000 US troops will remain in Iraq through 2005 at least. How does Lt. Kerry propose to work this magic? A crash course over Christmas vacation at Hogwarts?