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posted 12 January 2004 01:32 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"A scathing new report published by the Army War College broadly criticizes the Bush administration's handling of the war on terrorism, accusing it of taking a detour into an "unnecessary" war in Iraq and pursuing an "unrealistic" quest against terrorism that may lead to U.S. wars with states that pose no serious threat.

The report, by Jeffrey Record, a visiting professor at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, warns that as a result of those mistakes, the Army is "near the breaking point."

It recommends, among other things, scaling back the scope of the "global war on terrorism" and instead focusing on the narrower threat posed by the al Qaeda terrorist network.

"[T]he global war on terrorism as currently defined and waged is dangerously indiscriminate and ambitious, and accordingly . . . its parameters should be readjusted," Record writes. Currently, he adds, the anti-terrorism campaign "is strategically unfocused, promises more than it can deliver, and threatens to dissipate U.S. military resources in an endless and hopeless search for absolute security.""

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posted 12 January 2004 07:44 PM      Profile for arborman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
First rule of being an emperor, don't piss off the army.
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posted 12 January 2004 11:14 PM      Profile for ReeferMadness     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The essay concludes with several recommendations. Some are fairly noncontroversial, such as increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps, a position that appears to be gathering support in Congress. But he also says the United States should scale back its ambitions in Iraq, and be prepared to settle for a "friendly autocracy" there rather than a genuine democracy.

I guess a half trillion dollar budget doesn't get what it used to.

But it's the "friendly autocracy" crap that gets my goat.

Where do you think guys like Saddam come from in the first place?

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