September 10, 2008 Leave a comment
Reading the article in today’s SMH about Bush reducing number in Iraq would lead you to believe that Obama would do more then Bush is already doing.
Obama has proposed sending about 7,000 addition troops to Afghanistan to combat the Taliban and chase down bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding along the rugged border in neighbouring Pakistan.
But then you read that Bush is sending more troops to Afghanistan now that the troop surge in Iraq has enabled 8,000 troops to be pulled out.
Bush also spoke of raising the troop level in Afghanistan to nearly 31,000, compared with about 146,000 in Iraq….He said that a Marine battalion that had been scheduled to go to Iraq in November would go to Afghanistan instead, and that that would be followed by one Army combat brigade.
Now having a quick read on the size of both a marine battalion and US Army brigade leads me to think that Obama would just be doing exactly what Bush has already done
A United States Marine Corps battalion…A battalion usually contains 2-5 organic companies (batteries in the artillery), with a total of 500 to 1,200 Marines in the battalion.
In the United States Army, a brigade is smaller than a division and roughly equal to or a little larger than a regiment. Strength typically ranges from 1,500 to 4,000 personnel.
So Bush is already sending over 5,000 troops to Afghanistan and Obama is talking of sending around 7,000. That makes the whole attack from Obama worth it, wouldn’t you think.