Yeah, remember that guy?
President Bush’s new Iraq strategy calls for a rapid influx of forces that could add as many as 20,000 American combat troops to Baghdad, supplemented with a jobs program costing as much as $1 billion intended to employ Iraqis in projects including painting schools and cleaning streets, according to American officials who are piecing together the last parts of the initiative.More (this was from January 2007):
Officials said the job program, intended to employ young men who otherwise might join the militias, could cost as much as $1 billion if Congress approves it.(Emphasis added above.)
You can say it was a dumb strategy then and it's a dumb strategy now. But the point is that it wasn't always deemed a wimpy, mom-jeans approach. It was a manly and patriotic strategy when President Codpiece was proposing it.