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Friday, December 08, 2006

Why Rumsfeld Was Right

Advocates for winning the war in Iraq by committing larger numbers of military personnel neglect an inescapable fact: we do not have a large enough Army and Marine Corps. 

Gregory Scoblete, in a TCS Daily article explains the problem.

To sustain (with the capacity to rotate units into and out of Iraq for R & R) the numbers of troops critics have called for would necessitate a total of roughly 2.5 million Army soldiers and Marines.  We have only about 1.7 million total military personnel, all branches, a large portion of whom are permanently assigned to NATO, South Korea, and elsewhere.

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