Karl Blanke

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Karl Blanke was a Georgetown University Law Student and a 2005-2006 staff member on the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy.[1]

Blanke is a former U.S. Marine infantry platoon commander, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment[2], who served two tours of duty in Iraq.[3][4][5] Blanke is a member of Vets for Freedom.[6]

On war in Iraq

"And although there are indications that troop strength and readiness are insufficient to augment ongoing surges and redeployments the president and some military leaders continue to suggest that increasing troop levels is well within the realm of U.S. military capability. There is even talk in some quarters that to rein in an insurgency like the one in Iraq our presence would be required for many years to come.

"That opinion was expressed by Karl Blanke of 'Vets for Freedom' on Washington Journal over the weekend. Blanke, an Iraq Marine vet, reiterated the rhetoric that has become standard-issue over time about fighting terrorism and not allowing Al Qaeda to gain a foothold in the region, something that seems to have already occurred. And six years into the current administration and an even longer period of Republican control in Congress he blamed President Clinton for intelligence failures and a depleted military. According to Blanke not only would we need to keep a massive troop level in Iraq for at least ten years in order to bring the insurgency under control, the kicker is that would require reinstating the draft."[7]

Resources and articles

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  1. 2005-2006 GJLPP Editors & Staff, Georgetown University Law School], 2005-2006.
  2. Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Robin Wright,"In Two Sieges, U.S. Finds Itself Shut Out. Officials See No Good Options for Ending Fallujah, Najaf Standoffs," Washington Post, April 29, 2004.
  3. "Panel Discussion: Reconsidering Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," Georgetown Law, February 27, 2006.
  4. Photo: 2006 National White Collar Crime Invitational, Georgetown Law, January 16, 2007.
  5. "A Soldier's View of Iraq," Fox News, December 29, 2004.
  6. Kathy Dunaway, "Majority Leader Reid: Out of Touch and Undermining Troops," Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission, June 27, 2007.
  7. Ann, "The president says August will be 'bloody'," Finding a Voice Blog, May 29, 2007.

By Karl Blanke

Note: These articles at SCOTUSblog may be by a different Karl Blanke, who is a University of Miami law professor. It is most likely, though, that they are related.

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