Saturday, September 16, 2006

This past Tuesday, two highly partisan political pundits, Bill Kristol and Rich Lowry, put out a piece urging that we send more troops to Iraq. In direct response, Ronald Reagan's former assistant secretary of defense, Lawrence Korb, along with the national security expert at the Center for American Progress, Peter Ogden, teamed up to pen a piece stating the Kristol/Lowry plan would "threaten to break our nation's all-volunteer Army and undermine our national security." They also wrote, "the signs of strain on the active Army are evident. In July an official report revealed that two-thirds of the active U.S. Army was classified as 'not ready for combat.'.... The active Army has close to zero combat-ready brigades in reserve....the head of the National Guard said that his military branch was 'in an even more dire situation than the active Army.'"

And General Wesley Clark on Air America likewise described our military as "nearing a breaking point," one that could soon result in something tragic.

Uh, I think I'll side with a general, the head of the National Guard, Reagan's former asst. sec. of defense, and a national security expert over two neocon-crazed screwballs.

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