John McCain is constantly harping on Barack Obama for his position on the surge that took place in Iraq. Obama’s position was that the troop surge would not work. Obama now says that the surge has been effective. There were some other factors that were involved that caused the violence to be reduced.
In my opinion, Barack should come right out and state what the other factors are. If he did so, McCain and the good General Petraeus would have to eat some crow. The other factors are simply embarrassing but they are not secret. They also expose the US strategy to ridicule and pessimism.
Obama has taken the high ground on exposing this tactic. I am not so inclined. All you really need to know about the surge is that it should have been called the “splurge”. It has been the Bush administration’s secret weapon all along. Well, we did send some extra troopers to Iraq nearly 38,000 to be exact. What that did in the first half of the year, says Army Col. Douglas MacGregor (Ret.) “the surge provided extra targets for the insurgents to shoot at.”
One might contemplate what happened? What turned the corner on the surge? The Bush administration applied constant pressure on Gen Petraeus to tamp out the violence and produce results in the theater. Gen Petraeus started to cut deals with a lot of the armies of the enemy combatants. This program was called the Concerned Local Citizens. If the enemy armies were willing to become at least temporary allies of the US military, the US would just pay them not to fight. To date there have been about 70,000 enemy that are now former enemies and on the US payroll. Pretty effective way to do business but it has cost you and me $700,000 a day. A DAY! That translates into $255 million a year. We can pat ourselves on the back because the “surge” is working and it is getting Bush some good press. Yeah, the death toll did drop but you expect that for $255 million a year. McCain and Bush are so proud.
I think this solution could work at home. We spend a ton of money per offender on the War on Drugs. This year we have spent $56 billion thru this month. We have arrested about a million people so that math works out to be $56,000 for each person put in jail. We could empty our courtroom jams and prisons by just paying the offenders a lot less than $56,000. They could go to school, get a GED or drive a new car if they would just clean up their act. Hey, it worked in Iraq.
The illegal immigrant issues could be solved the same way. Pay them to stay home. We spend a lot of money trying to keep the Mexicans in Mexico. The Mexicans here in the US will probably send about $15 billion to Mexico to help support their families. The simple solution is to double the $15 billion and start mailing the checks to Mexico. We could remove the “fence” on the Mexican border and we would not have to station troops there plus all the Border Patrol that are currently patrolling the area.
The Iraqi’s will receive $3,640 per year. What is really embarrassing is that is 6 times the amount each of us received with the Bush economic stimulus package this year. We were sold out cheap. If they want me to vote Republican and support ExxonMobil, be against gay marriage and not vote for Obama, they need to up the ante. I suspect that they won’t send us any money and they probably suspect that I won’t be voting Republican in November.
(Thanks to the Fort Worth Weekly and the article by E.R. Bills)
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