September 27, 2006

Raising an army

"You have to go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want." (Donald Rumsfeld, December 2004)

There's a grain of truth to that, but the "only" thing stopping America having a bigger army is the political decision to create one. Three and a half years since the invasion is plenty of time. In three and a half years America expanded the size of its armed forces about six-fold during World War Two. You can see this for yourself right below. Remember this next time you wonder why there appears to have been little forward progress in Iraq in two years.

From Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1957

Posted by eroberts at September 27, 2006 2:55 PM