Saw this the other day and cracked up.
“I think the only people who could conceivably be talking about a draft are people who are speaking from pinnacles of near-perfect ignorance."–-Donald Rumsfeld
Of course, Rumsfeld lines are best appreciated when heard. And here are more musings on the thinking and planning behind the amount of troops needed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"The more troops you have, the more targets you have, and the more people you might get killed. The more troops you have, the more of an occupying power you are, the heavier footprint, the more force protection you need, the more logistics you need and the more intrusive you are on the people of that country” [said Mr. Rumsfeld].Old Posts on the (phantom) Draft :
The size of the U.S. military presence in Iraq has ranged from about 110,000 to 150,000 since May 2003, when President Bush declared major combat operations were over.
Rumsfeld noted the Soviet Union had 300,000 troops in Afghanistan during the war there in the 1980s and that "they lost." He said the United States used a fraction of that force and quickly toppled the Taliban in a matter of months following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
(Thanks to John Hawkins)