So, lets evaluate whats right with the War on Terror and whats wrong with it.
Whats right with it:
1) The Bush Doctrine: Youre either with us or youre with the terrorists. Its drawing a line in the sand and setting an objective standard for how were going to deal with nations in this age.
2) Aggressive military action against countries that harbor terrorism. Its important that we go after those who would plot to kill us.
3) Aggressively pursuing terrorists through diplomatic and intelligence routes. Kerry says he can outdo Bush on this one, but I dont believe him.
Whats wrong with the War on Terror:
1) Offense, Offense, Offense. Wheres the Defense? Our strategy is woefully lacking on homeland defense.
2) Our borders leak like sieves. I find it very hard to believe that the government has a good idea of who is in the country.
3) Nobody in the government seems to be taking homeland defense as seriously as they should be. The Democrats view it as just another government hand out, and the Republicans apparently view it as some kind of afterthought in the war on terror.
4) Why are Iran and Syria still taunting us from afar? Theyre as culpable, if not more so, in the entire mess as The Taliban and the Hussein Regime of Iraq.
My basic problem with the thing is that we seem to be playing around instead of taking care of business. If were going to invade countries that hate our guts and harbor terrorists, then lets do it! Half measures will only result in disaster. We have two options, either we bend over and take it, or we come after the terrorists with all deliberate force. What were doing now, with only taking out Iraq and Afghanistan, puts us in a good position for taking out Syria and Iran, but we show no signs of doing it.
Invading Syria and Iran and taking out their terror inciting and harboring leadership would do more for Winning the Peace than anything we can do from inside Iraq. Without money and weapons coming from these rogue regimes, the terrorists would wither and die.
I seriously doubt that the military would have a manpower problem with this. All the President would have to do is issue a call to arms and Americans would willingly go to fight our enemies. I dont believe a draft would be necessary.
We would, of course, need a real Declaration of War first, and were gonna have to spend money. We need to do it right or it will wind up making things worse. This trying to wage a war without disrupting our daily lives stuff doesnt seem to be working.