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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Report: Deployments Nearly Breaking Army - Yahoo! News

Great Googely Moogely!! Onle a few weeks ago, Rep. John Murtha was vilified for announcing that America's military was "broken"; forces were stretched thin; enlistments down, equipment worn or in short supply. And now we have it from the "horse's mouth" that, indeed, the military is hurting. Think any of the choadlickers on the right will apologize or even acknowledge this report? --pseudolus
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
Wed Jan 25, 12:39 PM ET
WASHINGTON - 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.


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