Mitch Berg has an excellent piece on the "the Clinton military" that liberals like to simultaneously crow about then deride. The good attributes of the military are erroneously attributed to Clinton (our high-tech weapons systems and advanced training – much of which were products of the Cold War) while the negatives are errenously attributed to Bush (our inability to fight two theatre-level conflicts simultaneously).
It’s ironic that liberals who whined throughout the 1990’s that it was absurd to maintain an army that could fight to wars simultaneously in an age of "peace" are now many of the same liberals lambasting the Bush administration for not being able to fight two wars simultaneously. The double standard at play here is head-smackingly obvious.
In the end, we have to rebuild our military significantly from the 1990s in which the Clinton Administration tried to transform it from a fighting force to a peacekeeping force. Some of these steps were necessary, such as the rise of the 10th Mountain Division’s rapid fighting capability. Others were not, such as the way the military bureaucracy was turned into a political rather than a military apparatus. It’s a testament to the strength of our military that after 8 years of a presidential administration that both despised and was despised by the military we still have the strongest military on Earth by leaps and bounds.
Berg also deals with the canard that foreign troops can simply take the place of US soldiers. That idea is more a concept of wishful thinking than any realistic assessment of the situation. From Wesley Clark’s assinine idea of letting the Saudis hunt bin Laden to Dean’s equally fallacious notion that "moderate Muslim" soliders (100,000 of them!) should take over for us in Iraq, it’s clear that the only troops that can fight in Iraq are the ones who are in Iraq. (The same ones who are part of what Kerry arrogantly termed "a fraudulent coalition" – one of the most insulting things ever said about people fighting and dying to help us in Iraq.) The fact is that unless we’re willing to put in the time and treasure to rebuild our military we won’t be able to fight two wars simultaneously – and does anyone really think that the Democrats would have the political will to do so?