Pentagon Study: US Army Could Be Near Breaking Point
why is it that Americans think Bush is making us safer when he is
literally destroying our military? No wonder Iran is making all those
nuclear noises.... they aren't afraid of Bush because they know we may
no longer possess the military means to make good on our threats.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stretched by frequent troop
rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green
line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study
for the Pentagon.
Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report
under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the
pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the
insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon's decision, announced
in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven
in part by a realization that the Army was overextended.
As evidence, Krepinevich points to the Army's 2005 recruiting slump
- missing its recruiting goal for the first time since 1999 - and its
decision to offer much bigger enlistment bonuses and other incentives.
"You really begin to wonder just how much stress and strain there is
on the Army, how much longer it can continue," he said in an interview.
He added that the Army is still a highly effective fighting force and
is implementing a plan that will expand the number of combat brigades
available for rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Krepinevich said in the interview that he
understands why Pentagon officials do not state publicly that they are
being forced to reduce troop levels in Iraq because of stress on the
Army. "That gives too much encouragement to the enemy," he said, even
if a number of signs, such as a recruiting slump, point in that
Krepinevich is executive director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a nonprofit policy research institute.
So John Murtha was right after all!!!
Join the Army, It's not just a job but an adventure. While you are
fighting in a foreign land the company that is supposed to take care of
your nutritional needs will POISON YOUR WATER. The orders you take and
follow from your commanders will land you up to 10 YEARS IN JAIL. While
the Army will not provide you with body armor, if you buy your own and
get killed, THE ARMY WON'T PAY YOUR DEATH BENEFITS!!!! While you are
fighting your presidents war, he is back home CUTTING YOUR VETERAN
BENEFITS!!!! You get to see exotic locations, LIKE IRAQ, AGAIN AND
AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN........
Adding to all the manpower problems,
is the dirtiest little secret of Depleted Uranium. This week the American Free Press dropped a "dirty bomb" on the
Pentagon by reporting that eight out of 20 men who served in one unit
in the 2003 U.S. military offensive in Iraq now have malignancies. That
means that 40 percent of the soldiers in that unit have developed
malignancies in just 16 months.
Just like Agent Orange and Vietnam, they hope all of the injured will die before they have to pay.
"Bush's mistakes have consequences, and anyone who says that his errors
are water under the bridge doesn't understand that we're still standing
on that bridge, and it's crumbling."
Mistakes?...Has Bush made any mistakes?
The newest, thinest book ever just came out. Things Bush did right.
Chris Matthews:Media Matters disinformer of the year and as Bob Somerby
has noted he is the fakest man alive. Since I have low blood pressure, I tune in to
Hardball solely to raise my heart rate. It's cheap cardio although the
downside is a flat line Alpha wave.
Chris Matthews has a hard-hitting interview coming up with Tom Delay. During last night's Hardball, there was a preview. Watch it:
MATTHEWS: OK, I've got to ask you a cosmic question.
MATTHEWS: Tom DeLay, you are not in this business for the
money. You live modestly You commute back and forth from Washington to
Houston, Texas. Why? What drives you every day?
One thing's for sure: he doesn't live as "modestly" as those woman working for sub–minimum wage in Saipan
As Tom DeLay became a king of campaign
fund-raising, he lived like one, too. He visited cliff-top Caribbean
resorts, golf courses designed by PGA champions and four-star
restaurants, all courtesy of donors who bankrolled his political money
Over the past six years, the former House majority leader and his
associates have visited places of luxury most Americans have never
seen, often getting there aboard corporate jets arranged by lobbyists
and other special interests.
Public documents reviewed by the Associated Press tell the story: At
least 48 visits to golf clubs and resorts; 100 flights aboard company
planes; 200 stays at hotels, many world-class; and 500 meals at
restaurants, some averaging nearly $200 for a dinner for two.
Sugar Land is not "modest" relative to the rest of Houston. Here’s a blurb on it:
“As Sugar Land is widely considered one of the wealthiest suburbs in
the state, many celebrities live in and around Sugar Land, including
Houston Texans’ quarterback David Carr, Olympic gold medalist Tara
Lipinski, former Houston Astros great Terry Puhl and Destiny’s Child
singer Kelly Rowland. Still, more celebrities simply keep houses in the
upscale, but quaintly Sweetwater subdivision in the master-planned
community of First Colony, such as Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley,
Shaquille O’Neal, and other local luminaries. “
DELAY: What I believe in. The
constitution of the United States. Ronald Reagan got me involved in
this. I fight every day for what I believe in. Strong national
security. Protecting the American family. Values. I just, I want to see
this country led in a different direction than I found it when I got
into politics 20 some years ago.
We could rid ourselves of the dependence on oil if we could harness the energy of Tip O'neill spinning in his grave.
It is nice that he took some time out of his "Is Hillary good for
America?" rants to go spend some quality time with the most corrupt