Pentagon May Decide To Increase Iraq Force Today
Only days ago when public opinion poll numbers proved a declining support for the Iraq War, and a concentrated "disinformation" campaign was begun by the White House where some claims that troop levels may be lowered in coming months, and Secretary Of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice claimed that the insurgency was losing both political and military strength, a Pentagon meeting will take place today that may decide to increase the number of American soldiers in Iraq.
Just like Vietnam, a string of statements that were overly optimistic from the White House and Pentagon were constantly floated, while troop strength levels steadily increased. Iraq is exactly the same. Violence is increasing, as the Defense Secretary Rumsfeld admits that Iran is supplying many of the weapons to the insurgency in Iraq, and Iran is also seeking to enrich uranium to build an inventory of nuclear arms in another crisis that has been under-reported in the U.S. media .
The U.S. is forced to bolster it's forces in Iraq because of the increased Iran threat in which their 3 million man Revolutionary Guard Army could invade Iraq and push through Jordan onto a land invasion of Israel if Israel should attack the Isfahan reactor where the nuclear enrichment is taking place. Soldiers levels are quietly being raised in other close MidEast states. A contigent of National Guard soldiers based in Salem, Oregon are leaving for Texas training for stationing in Kuwait today. Not only in Iraq, but in neighboring MidEast state, American forces will be increased as a result of the fresh nuclear and conventional forces threat from Iran in the coming months.
And with increased violence in Iraq, with larger more lethal roadside bombs, the current troop levels seem to be insufficient to provide security in Iraq. Out of the original 147,000 Iraqi forces that were claimed to be trained for combat duty by U.S. advisors, the Pentagon recently admitted, that a mere 3,000 are actually combat ready to stand on their own.
While Israel is the most likely to act against Iran, American forces are being bolstered to respond to this threat as well as the worsening situation in Iraq.
With the Rumsfeld admission of the Iranian supply of arms to insurgents in Iraq, as well as the new nuclear threat from Iran caused by the Isfahan reactor IAEA seals being broken to enrich uranium into possible nuclear arms, a new case may be made by the White House of a reason for an American response or to justify a troop buildup in Iraq. With the last Iraq War spending bill, $500,000 was included for permanent military base construction, which probably means that America intends to permanently station at least some forces in Iraq. Also in Southern republics that were former parts of the Soviet Union, attempts to base American troops have been undertaken.
The situation with Iran may hit the U.N. Security Council soon, but China is likely to veto any action against Iran, as China's economy is dependent on a $70 billion dollar natural gas deal that is vital to it's economy. Most likely either Israel or the U.S. may act militarily against Iran without the approval of the Security Council if it appears that China will block any action. With little world support for theIraq War, and an unpopular and confrontive choice in U.N. Ambassador, Robert Bolton, the ability of the U.S. to garner world support for this far more serious situation is now limited. The U.S. wasted too much clout on the Iraq War, which was seen as unnecessary by many in the world community. Now with a serious possible nuclear situation in Iran, support for any U.S. led action is gone. One of the worst legacy's of the Bush Administration is a dramatic loss of world foreign policy clout. With serious situations like Iran looming, this is a very a serious problem.