Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Mr. Newt Misses The Point
According to the Souix Falls Argus Leader, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, also known as Mr. Newt, told the assembled students and faculty at the University of South Dakota that
...the United States should pull out of Iraq and leave a small force there, just as it did post-war in Korea and Germany.Now this is a media account, and I'm hesitant to speak ill of a fellow republican, however I have to believe Mr. Newt is familiar with post war troop levels in Korea and Germany.
Just for fun, I found some statistics at the Heritage Foundation website. The Excel data is here, if you want to see reams of mind numbing numbers, but using the AVERAGE function, I came up with these numbers:
1950-2003 Average Number of Troops Deployed in the following countries:
These are averages over a 50+ year period. At first glance, nothing about those numbers seems to me to be anything resembling a "small force".
Mr. Newt is due on the Sean Hannity show later today to discuss this issue. Should be interesting.