With President Bush poised to unveil his new plan for Iraq, pundits (and Democrats) have been hacking away at a purported surge in US forces. Among them is former head of US European Command and former Presidential candidate, retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, who writes in a Washington Post op-ed that any troop surge would simply “distract us from facing the deep-seated regional issues that must be resolved.” He goes on to note that we’ve never had enough troops in Iraq and that “adding 20,000 now seems too little, too late.” Clark advocates the Iraq Study Group view—more political muscle is needed. He says, “The neoconservative vision has failed.”
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.