American Army Of Occupation In Iraq Is Overstretched Says US Study ..
TwinCities.com/Pioneer Press published a truly thought provoking piece today, via a report by Associated Press writer Robert Burns.
It quite clearly calls into considerable question the recent Donald Rumsfeld claims to the contrary, concerning both the current and future realistic capabilities of the United States army of occupation in Iraq.
Here's the eye catching, as well as eye opening, headline.
Wed, Jan. 25, 2006
Deployments stretching army, study finds
ROBERT BURNS - Associated Press
Then that header's followed by this plain speaking paragraph.
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.
Furthermore, it's claimed the same Pentagon appointed ex military man [cum expert advisor] aired the following view too ...
Here's another excerpt lifted from the same story.
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.
And the majority of This Old Brit's readers can no doubt readily recall this from last fall:
The 136-page report represents a more sobering picture of the Army's condition than military officials offer in public.
While not released publicly, a copy of the report was provided in response to an Associated Press inquiry.
Illustrating his level of concern about strain on the Army, Krepinevich titled one of his report's chapters, "The Thin Green Line."
Well, of course they would wouldn't they? I mean, they had to say something didn't they? Couldn't quite claim they'd prefer to plead the fifth and stay silent. Eh?
Rep. John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat and Vietnam veteran, created a political storm last fall when he called for an early exit from Iraq, arguing that the Army was "broken, worn out" and fueling the insurgency by its mere presence.
Administration officials have hotly contested that view.
Now get a gander at this -- from retired top brass, no less.
George Joulwan, a retired four-star Army general and former NATO commander, agrees the Army is stretched thin.
"Whether they're broken or not, I think I would say if we don't change the way we're doing business, they're in danger of being fractured and broken, and I would agree with that," Joulwan told CNN last month.
Hit this link to read all about it.
Then when you've read it, remember -- Richard reports. You decide.