02/03/2006: Larry Johnson nails it:
Commander in Chief George W. Bush is firmly planted in fantasyland (or is it denial) when he claimed in his State of the Union speech that:But I think this comment to Johnson's post is spot on:We're transforming our military. The things I look for are the following: morale, retention, and recruitment. And retention is high, recruitment is meeting goals, and people are feeling strong about the mission.He’s right about one thing; he certainly is transforming the Army. He is doing to the Army what Katrina did to New Orleans. The headlines in the last two months just begin to tell the story:
The Army is accepting more high school dropouts and Category IV recruits -- those who make the lowest acceptable scores on the military's entrance exam – than ever before.
The Army is allowing more soldiers with criminal records and other behavioral problems into the ranks.
The Army has raised the age limit for new recruits from 35 to 42.
The Army is keeping low quality officers on duty.
Isn't it funny how the broken Army and Marines are not a problem with the conservative media? But the day a Democrat takes office in 2009, it will suddenly become an impeachable urgency.But since it's a Repugnican in office, we get to hear Rummy say that this is "battle hardening" the Army:
Just in case any of you agree with the Joint Chiefs of Staff (registration may be required to read that) that the above cartoon is "reprehensible", I'm sorry, but we're just going to have to disagree. For myself, as an honorably discharged veteran, the fact that Rumsfeld is still Secretary of Defense and pushing his poisonous policies which are ruining the United States Army as a fighting force is infinitely more reprehensible than Tom Toles's cartoon.
Len on 02.03.06 @ 10:49 AM CST