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I den antiamerikanske delen av europeisk presse fremstilles hæroppbyggingen som om Bush fremdeles ikke vil gi slipp på de militære midlene. Men amerikanerne har et helt annet siktepunkt: de ser at hæren er strukket til bristepunktet. Av 140.000 soldater i Irak er bare 50.000 stridende. Resten gjør backup-tjenester. Så arbeidskrevende er en moderne hær.

Administrasjonen ser at det vil være konflikter med utspring i radikal islam, i generasjoner fremover. Dagens belastning er altfor stor. Derfor vil man sakte øke rekrutteringen.

But in calling for such an increase, President Bush said the US military must be positioned to deal with terrorists for a generation to come.

«It’s the calling of our time,» he said at a press conference Wednesday.
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Bush was careful to note that he was not telegraphing an increase in troops in Iraq by asking for an overall larger US ground force. The administration’s new strategy to fight rising violence there won’t be unveiled until early next year.

Instead, Bush billed a larger US military as essential for the security of today’s children and their children.

«Securing this peaceful future is going to require a sustained commitment from the American people and our military,» said Bush. «We have an obligation to ensure our military is capable of sustaining this war over the long haul and performing the many tasks that we ask of them.»

Bush’s move to supersize US military