One of the enduring mysteries of the Bush Administration is why after 9/11 it never truly beefed up the U.S. military, why it tried to fight the war against Islamic fanaticism on the cheap. Our troops have performed heroically, despite repeated tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Clearly many of them are paying the price of those repeated deployments in unnecessarily strained family issues. Those in the Reserves and National Guard are also paying a price in repeated absences from their civilian jobs.
The Democrats would make the Bush drawdown even more severe. Thankfully John McCain, a former career military man who currently has a son in the Marines and another attending the U.S. Naval Academy, won't make such a catastrophic mistake.