Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Feeling that we might be a little stretched in Iraq? James Fallows reported back in March:
The military's people, its equipment, its supplies and spare parts, its logistics systems, and all its other assets are under pressure they cannot sustain. Everything has been operating on an emergency basis for more than two years, with no end to the emergency in sight. The situation was serious before the invasion of Iraq; now it is acute.
What does "acute" look like? Two alarming statistics:
This year nearly 40 percent of the U.S. presence in Iraq will be from the Guard and the Reserves. . . .
The military press has been abuzz with the news that four divisions, representing nearly half the Army's active-duty strength, are now officially in the two lowest readiness categories, because of their service in Iraq.
And Nick Confessore notes at Tapped:
[A]fter a couple of years of dipping into the main reserves — essentially chewing through them to sustain post-9/11 deployments, the Afghanistan occupation, and then the Iraq invasion — we're now dipping into the inactive reserves. And if we still need more manpower after that — well, then we start drafting.
And President Bush thinks the secretary of defense has been doing a "superb" job?
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 18 May 2004 at 6:31 PM