Monthly Archives: April 2007

Gen. George Casey Wants More Troops ASAP

It’s unfortunate that a rapid expansion wasn’t initiated in 2001 or early 2002 but at least something is happening:

The Army’s new chief of staff said he wants to accelerate by two years a plan to increase the nation’s active-duty soldiers by 65,000.

The Army has set 2012 as its target date for a force expansion to 547,000 troops, but Gen. George Casey said he told his staff to have the soldiers ready earlier.

“I said that’s too long. Go back and tell me what it would take to get it done faster,” he said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press during a stop in Hawaii.

Massive Terror Plot Disrupted in Saudi Arabia

This could have sparked chaos in the kingdom and the world oil market:

Police have arrested 172 Islamic militants, some of whom were being trained abroad as pilots so they could fly aircraft in attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

The ministry issued a statement saying the detainees were planning to carry out suicide atttacks against “public figures, oil facilities, refineries … and military zones” — some of which were outside the kingdom.

“They had reached an advance stage of readiness and what remained only was to set the zero hour for their attacks,” Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press in a phone call. “They had the personnel, the money, the arms. Almost all the elements for terror attacks were complete except for setting the zero hour for the attacks.”

My concern has always been that Al Qaeda has been so quiet here because they’re looking to stage attacks similar in scope. That’s why you’re not seeing single suicide bombers in shopping malls and other easily staged but relatively limited attacks. They can ramp up the impact by attacking multiple low to mid value target in a swarm attack but even that may be a last resort since it doesn’t quite offer the bang for the buck that they saw on 9/11. This strategy depletes their resources and increases their risk of exposure.

John McCain Announces His Candidacy for President Today

Keep an eye on and Ankle Biting Pundits for updates and video of the announcement. I’ve seen previews of the speech and it’s impressive but I suspect most Blogs of War readers have already made up their minds about John McCain many of the other leading candidates.