Won't Deploy? Can't Deploy.
There are no more troops to send to Iraq.
Posted Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, at 2:01 PM
The war in Iraq is often said to be Bush's signature issue, but it certainly is not his foremost priority—keeping tax rates down is trumping the needs of the military, even at a time of war. Whatever else one wants to say about the president and his Iraq policy, he cannot be accused of fighting to win or of giving U.S. soldiers and Marines the wherewithal to do so.
Daniel Benjamin is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He served as director for counterterrorism on the National Security Council staff in 1998-99 and is the co-author ofThe Age of Sacred Terrorand The Next Attack.
Michèle A. Flournoy, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and threat reduction in the Clinton administration.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.