Chris Wallace would have known the correct number was 2.4 million:
LOCKHART: .... what he has said is we've already got what amounts to a back- door draft....
But I think he made a valid point, which is if we're going to continue this go-it-alone policy where we push our allies away and say we can do everything unilaterally, and we have commitments and we're overstretched, then we have to figure out where the troops are going to come from.
WALLACE: But the senator himself talks about increasing the size of the military by 40,000 troops.
WALLACE: The fact is, the military now is at 1.4 million overall. Back in the '80s, it was at 2.1 million.
So couldn't you, in fact, have an all-volunteer army, an increase, and never have to have a draft?
And he would also know that John Kerry's extra 40,000 troops is 260,000 short of the number the Clinton Administration cut from 1993-2000. Leaving George W. Bush with a much smaller military than his father had to fight Gulf War I.
Thanks to Democrats.
Monday, October 18, 2004
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