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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Bipartisan Call for a Larger Military

The Weekly Standard published an open letter from a bipartisan group to Congressional leaders to increase the size of the military. Link. They address it to the Congressional leaders, rather than to the President, because:
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution places the power and the duty to raise and support the military forces of the United States in the hands of the Congress. That is why we, the undersigned, a bipartisan group with diverse policy views, have come together to call upon you to act. You will be serving your country well if you insist on providing the military manpower we need to meet America's obligations, and to help ensure success in carrying out our foreign policy objectives in a dangerous, but also hopeful, world.


The administration should be calling for this too. President Bush has repeatedly stated that this is a long struggle. Iraq is merely a battle, not the war. Under such circumstances, we have a need for a large standing Army. Relying on Reserves and National Guards is for short-term emergencies. A long war should be fought by permanent military forces, not "weekend warriors."

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