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Thursday, January 26, 2006

How much longer?

You've heard it on the news, and here it is in print. The US Army is stretched to the breaking point. Recruitment is WAY DOWN, and re-enlistments are not forthcoming except in the face of higher and higher re-up bonuses. Even that will stop at some point.

Rumsfeld of course disagrees, but as the report's author (Andrew Krepinevich, US Army, Ret.) says, Rummy cannot publicly acknowledge that this is the case.

What I'm concerned with is what does 'the breaking point' mean? What will happen to our troops in Iraq? Will they have to just stay and stay and die there of either unfriendly fire or old age? How do you keep troop strength up without fresh troops?

Oh wait! I forgot about he Draft Database the Pentagon built last year. They've got every high school kid in America in there - or at least they're working on it. Give your kid the car tonight, and some mad money. You may not have her around much longer.

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