ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO?….Tacitus thinks we need to increase the size of the army:

File under “barn door closed, horses gone”: do we need a bigger military? After all, we’ve got, er, three whole brigades untasked. Legislators need to stop waiting for the DoD self-analysis wheels to turn and simply mandate a force increase, particularly for the Army. If Iranian and North Korean reactors are coming online, there will be work to do shortly.

Say, um, Tacitus, buddy, do you really mean that? My back-of-the-envelope guess for an invasion of Iran is about a million troops, and maybe another half a million for North Korea ? assuming the South Koreans are on board. Are you seriously suggesting that we ought to be thinking about occupying these two countries in the near future?

Then again, why not? Apparently the Pentagon is thinking that way too:

Still, [Douglas Feith] and other Pentagon officials said, they are studying the lessons of Iraq closely ? to ensure that the next U.S. takeover of a foreign country goes more smoothly.

“We’re going to get better over time,” promised Lawrence Di Rita, a special assistant to Rumsfeld.

I really wish you guys would keep this stuff to yourself. I like it a lot better when it’s just conspiracy theorizing from the left.

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