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September 23, 2004
40,000 is the magic number

This afternoon, CQ reader Jay Caruso wrote, "Regarding Kerry's scare tactic of saying Bush will bring back the draft, it strikes me as being rather unusual considering Kerry is the one who has been promising to increase active duty troops by 40,000. How does he expect to do that?"

My apologies to Jay because I responded that Kerry had demonstrated his favorite flip-flop in favor of a cut, run, and stick your head in the sand policy as favored by Howard Dean, et al.

Perhaps not. It seems like 40,000 just became the magic number for the Democrats. Richard Holbrooke, Clinton's ambassador to the UN, just told O'Reilly that at least 40,000 more troops are needed in Iraq and that "means a call-up."

Where are the Democrats getting this number? It's not based on a military analysis or facts on the ground at all. Instead, the campaign chose a number that sounded large enough to demand a draft. Now, it's altogether possible that Holbrooke meant a call up of the reservists or guard, but the implication was a call-up of the draft.

The draft talk is ludicrous. I cant wait for the next talking point to be revealed. The sky is falling perhaps?

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Posted by Whiskey at September 23, 2004 7:32 PM

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