HAITI: Not Enough Peacekeepers (12/22/04 entry)
UN peacekeepers have control of most of the capital, but still have to contend with groups of armed Aristide supporters. In most of the rest of the country, it’s groups of armed former soldiers that are the major problem. The Haitian police are outnumbered and intimidated by the Aristide and former soldier gangs. The 6,000 UN peacekeepers are not sufficient to be everywhere they are needed.
Although not directly related to this issue, I think the US military needs to be increased in size by at least a couple of combat divisions. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
We cut the size of military drastically in the 1990s to help reach balanced budgets and enjoy the “Peace Dividend”. Since the illusions of peace in the decade were shattered, why hasn’t the illusion of the current military being the right size also been cast aside?
For all the scare talk about the return of the military draft and criticizing Bush for not having enough troops in Iraq, has any lawmaker put forward a serious proposal to increase the size of the US military?
Remember: You go to war with the Army the Congress lets you have, not the Army you want.