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2007/2/27

Bush's Broken Military

@ 09:47 PM (90 months, 10 days ago)

Is George W. Bush determined to break the military, until it can't be broken anymore?

There are some very interesting reads today, about Bush's broken military.

First comes word that, because of Bush's rush to escalate the war in Iraq and send more troops there to die, two (2) Army units will NOT receive their usual desert training.  They are being rushed to Iraq without receiving the very desert training that was designed in the first place to help them in places like Iraq.

From the Associated Press:

Rushed by President Bush's decision to reinforce Baghdad with thousands more U.S. troops, two Army combat brigades are skipping their usual session at the Army's premier training range in California and instead are making final preparations at their home bases.

Some in Congress and others outside the Army are beginning to question the switch, which is not widely known. They wonder whether it means the Army is cutting corners in preparing soldiers for combat, since they are forgoing training in a desert setting that was designed specially to prepare them for the challenges of Iraq.

Army officials say the two brigades will be as ready as any others that deploy to Iraq, even though they will not have the benefit of training in counterinsurgency tactics at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., which has been outfitted to simulate conditions in Iraq for units that are heading there on yearlong tours.

And as if that were not bad enough, Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admits that the U.S. military's capability is eroding, and that there is a "significant" chance that the U.S. military will not be able to respond to another crisis.

From the Associated Press:

Strained by the demands of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a significant risk that the U.S. military won't be able to quickly and fully respond to yet another crisis, according to a new report to Congress.

The assessment, done by the nation's top military officer, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, represents a worsening from a year ago, when that risk was rated as moderate.

2 Army Units Will Forgo Desert Training

Pace: U.S. Military Capability Eroding