Tens of thousands more U.S. soldiers may soon be needed in Afghanistan to quell the raging Taliban insurgency, top American generals are preparing to tell President Barack Obama.
A spate of apparently deliberate leaks - seemingly aimed at preparing public opinion for a second "surge" involving as many as three or four more brigades or 20,000-plus soldiers and Marines - culminated yesterday with several reports saying General Stanley McChrystal, who took command of U.S. and NATO forces in June, wants lots more troops.
With the US military stressed almost to the breaking point with current commitments around the globe, one has to wonder where these additional troops will come from.
And if you think that the reinstitution of the draft would never happen under this President's watch, think again.
The sheer muscularity of Obama's foreign policy objectives may well make it impossible for him to achieve them without this happening.