Excellent blogging! In response to Fred Kagan’s call for a substantial increase in the number of troops in Iraq as being “critical” for achieving victory, Greenwald makes it very explicit why he thinks those who support this war now need to put their money where their mouthes are!
[quote]It is true that where there is an amply stocked volunteer military, it is natural and inevitable that many citizens will support a war in ways other than by enlisting. No additional troops were needed, for instance, at the time of the invasion of Afghanistan (or during the action in Kosovo), and there was thus no tension between supporting those wars and not fighting.
But the current situation is completely different. Even according to the war’s remaining advocates – particularly those who want to escalate in Iraq – there is a serious and harmful shortage of willing volunteers to fight in Iraq and to enable a more aggressive application of U.S. military force generally. So we do now have a situation where those who are cheering on more war and escalation really are needed not at the computer screen but on the battlefield, in combat. And their refusal to fight is actually impeding the plans of those on whom the President is relying for “Victory.”
As a result, it is now morally indefensible for those who are physically able to do so to advocate a “surge,” or even ongoing war in Iraq, without either volunteering to fight or offering a good reason why they are not doing so. One of the war’s key architects is sending out a desperate plea for volunteers in order to enable the U.S. to achieve “Victory” in Iraq. How can those who believe in the premise and cheer it on – all the while depicting themselves as strong and resolute – possibly justify not taking the necessary action to enable the U.S. to “win”?[/quote]