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So, let me get this straight................(5 posts)

So, let me get this straight................MR_GRUMPY
Sep 25, 2003 7:00 AM
Not only do we have to pay for our troops in Iraq, we have to pay the others countries expenses also.
Please tell me that I'm wrong........
Such a deal...rwbadley
Sep 25, 2003 7:19 AM
the US taxpayer will take it in the shorts yet again.

Iraq oil revenue will never cover those expenses, and at that may be over estimated if sabotage continues.

This whole ordeal has been twisted up into this huge 'justification' game. Rummy says it's all worth it for 'our own good'. We need a solid democracy in the mideast. Maybe.... but I still think all this could have been managed differently from the beginning.

A worldwide charade. This house of cards may topple in the next stiff breeze.

We need them badly -- paying for them is a bargain...PdxMark
Sep 25, 2003 9:34 AM
We don't have the ground combat forces to occupy Iraq and sustain our military readiness. When we start rotating units out of Iraq early next year after their 1 yr deployments, 30 of our 33 combat brigades will either be in Iraq or coming out of Iraq. It would take 5 yrs to build 2 more divisions with 20,000 troops, costing $20 billion to equip and $10 billion/yr to operate. We don't have 5 yrs.

GW BuSh is grinding our military into the ground over his pointless Iraq war. We NEED other countries troops. We don't have enough troops to spread the burden in a reasonable way. We can't quickly raise enough troops to make a difference (and to do so would run counter to Rumsfield war game dogma - so it's not even considered to be an option). Paying for a couple divisions from other countries would be a bargain for us.

GW BuSh is gambling that he can get those other troops, or stabilize Iraq, within the next year. If neither of those happen, and he has to roate units back into Iraq for another 1 yr stint, he's going to push military morale down to levels below the post-Vietnam era.
Maybe we can hire some out of N. Korea...rwbadley
Sep 25, 2003 9:52 AM
A win-win situation. We get cheap armies, they get the currency they so badly need, and we get the knowledge that we've tied up another possible threat.

If their Womens World Cup team is an indication...PdxMark
Sep 25, 2003 10:01 AM
they'll be well-trained, fit, and will credit Kim Il Jong with any victories they achieve.