There is no doubt that former New York City mayor and now Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani is still more controversial than ever. With flip-flopping between heavy topics like abortion and gay marriage, this “conservative” presidential hopeful just can not seem to stay out of the candidate lime light. The new controversy surrounding Giuliani is his demand for a larger U.S Army, not just by a few troops, but by at least 70,000 soldiers, possibly more if needed.
On Saturday, Giuliani spoke to the graduating class of 438 cadets at The Citadel, a public army college located in Charleston, South Carolina. He told the graduates “The reality is that in this world today, there are people ï¿½â’¬” terrorists, Islamic, radical terrorists ï¿½â’¬” who are planning as we sit here at this graduation, who are planning to come here and kill us.” The class and many onlookers cheered for Giuliani. About 1/3 of the cadets there would immediately go into the National Guard or into active-duty upon graduating.
Here he spoke of creating a larger United States army and creating a special military task force for post-combat operations. For the army, he said that it should go from its current 512,000, the limit officially set by Congress, soldiers to at least 582,000. “I believe America needs at least 10 new combat brigades above the additions that are already proposed by President Bush and are already in the budget,” he said. A brigade usually has a total of around 3,500 soldiers. This increase is larger than the White House advocated, and more than Congress would ever allow without a declaration of war.
As for Arizona Senator John McCain, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and New York Senator Hilary Clinton, they have all called upon an increase in army troops. Many political analysts believe that this will help appeal to more conservative republican voters, and especially help Hilary Clinton in her campaign as a democrat.
In addition, Giuliani has not be hesitant to attack the Bush administration’s handling of the war. Giuliani implied that their handling of the war has been extremely flawed and needs to be worked on much more. Giuliani also supports funding of the war and an increase in overseas troops in Iraq.
With his call for a new force to handle post-combat operations, Giuliani implied the handling of the war in Iraq has been flawed until recently, the Times reported.