Pace/Rumsfeld vs. New Stategy

Annie

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Interesting how Yahoo! highlights Pace, whom they ignored for years. I'll bet if we could ask him, he'd see the irony:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_military_strains

Now it suits their purpose, no bias here! Gag!

Gen. Pace: Military capability eroding

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer 57 minutes ago

Strained by the demands of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a significant risk that the U.S. military won't be able to quickly and fully respond to yet another crisis, according to a new report to Congress.

The assessment, done by the nation's top military officer, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, represents a worsening from a year ago, when that risk was rated as moderate.

The report is classified, but on Monday senior defense officials, speaking on condition on anonymity, confirmed the decline in overall military readiness. And a report that accompanied Pace's review concluded that while the Pentagon is working to improve its warfighting abilities, it "may take several years to reduce risk to acceptable levels."

Pace's report comes as the U.S. is increasing its forces in Iraq to quell escalating violence in Baghdad. And top military officials have consistently acknowledged that the repeated and lengthy deployments are straining the Army, Marine Corps and reserve forces and taking a heavy toll on critical warfighting equipment.

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