These officers warn that without a troop reduction in Iraq, the present schedule of combat tours would be difficult to sustain without an increase in the number of forces.More here.
LOTSA AIR POWER, NOT ENUF TROOPSCarl Robichaud, a program officer at The Century Foundation, says that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld has been the architect of not one but two failing wars and offered a fatally flawed vision for how to apply American power.
"How did things go so wrong so quickly? Certainly Rumsfeld and his team made tactical errors, but it's hard not to trace the mistakes to a more systemic problem: a dangerously naive notion of American power that was ascendant in Washington.More here.
"The Rumsfeld doctrine, in military terms, stresses reliance on high technology and air power and downplays large ground forces. Its corollaries are that America operates best when unencumbered by international institutions, that state-building is a distraction, and that force can accomplish political objectives with few long-term repercussions."
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