Signs by the Sign Man:
JIM L GILLIS SR - 'MR JIM' - BORN 01-06-1892.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SUE GRAHAM ON JAN 6.
LORDY LORDY WHO IS 44. FRAN JONES JAN 6.
The Bush Administration is talking "surge" - sending more troops to Iraq.
Reminds me of Vietnam. I was there for the peak build-up. It was comforting to have a lot of company, but 99 44/100ths of the troops just wanted to be back home. When I've met a few families with a troop in Iraq, they want him or her back home, and when they come home they don't want to go back. Sounds reasonable.
War is serious business, and we shouldn't be going to war without good reason and without planning and counting the cost:
What are the pros and cons for an invasion?
How will it be perceived by the whole world and for how long?
How prepared are we militarily?
Counting the cost means the lost lives, on both sides, the effect on families, the cost of medical care, the cost of reputation.
The nation committed to World War II at home and abroad. Shouldn't we do the same for any war?
Regardless of what we knew a few years ago, Iraq turned out to be a big mistake, and it's hard to decide what to do next.
If the administration wanted more troops, they should have said so before the election. Lives are too important to waste on indecision or untimely decisions.