The Truth About Troop Levels in Iraq — Is a Draft Necessary?

E-mail: Jamie Colby

There is tremendous speculation out there about what Gen. David Petraeus will recommend to Congress about our troop levels next month. I've seen just as many articles and op-eds saying there will be a significant reduction, to there won't be a reduction at all, but rather a re-allocation of our all-volunteer force to areas where Iraqi security is not yet up to the task of protecting themselves. So what is the answer?

We won't know for sure until the general gives his much anticipated report and the partisan politics move into full swing. Iraq is certainly an area of concern for voters and I expect whatever Gen. Petraeus says there will be arguments for and against it.

To really understand what our Army is experiencing, how they and their families are holding up and how we continue to provide soldiers overseas who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect us here at home, I went to the source ... the U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody. Gen. Cody has seen several conflicts firsthand. He's a master aviator and highly decorated apache fighter pilot. With all his military experience, some 35 years, he is also the parent of two apache pilot sons, who have each already served multiple tours. I mention this because he isn't just sending your sons and daughters into harms way ... it's also his job to send his own.

Click here to watch my interview with Gen. Cody, who visited our new show FOX Online with Jamie Colby at FOX News headquarters in New York. He explained how the draft would not be a good idea for this country, and how we are currently recruiting new soldiers to fight the bad guys before they have a chance to hurt us on U.S. soil.

Just one note — Gen. Cody testified before Congress following the Walter Reed scandal. He'd tell you he's not a doctor ... just a general ... but he sure does know a lot about health care and he is putting that knowledge to great use. Keep an eye on the Military Matters Web page for information about the new and improved care for our returning heroes. In the meantime, you can hear from Gen. Cody himself in this interview on how confident he is that we are in a position to take care of our wounded ... better than even before the Walter Reed situation arose.

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Jamie Colby joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in July 2003 and currently serves as a news correspondent and anchor of "FOX Online" on Saturdays and Sundays (2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET). She anchored coverage of the passing of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI from Rome. You can read her complete bio here.