Thursday, December 28, 2006
What was that about BRIBERY?
I ran across this from Think Progress this morning:
Last night on NBC Nightly News, Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski said that many military officials are ÂsuspiciousÂ of President BushÂs announcement that he plans to increase the size of the armed forces. They believe that ÂheÂs dangling that offer out there in an effort to buy the military support for the option to surge additional American troops into Iraq as if itÂs some kind of tradeoff.Â
This is a bit different hypothesizedhicized yesterday in that this is "wholesale" bribery as opposed to "retail". The only way I can see this as being effective is if the joint Chiefs are so ideologically committed to increasing the size of the military that they would agree to this bafoonery to get what they want. There may be more to it than what is being reported but I suppose it's possible.
The Think Progress article also documents Dubya's stringent opposition to increasing the size of the military in the past as well as his ridicule of John Kerry for suggesting such a move during the 2004 campaigns.
on edit: More and more it seems like Bush is behaving like The Sorcerer's Apprentice, hence the graphic...