Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Some Pentagon Critics Say U.S. Needs A Larger Army To Fight Iraq, Afghanistan Wars. Rumsfeld? He Hopes Montenegro Can Help. (Montenegro?)

Does the U.S. need a larger Army?

Gordon R. Sullivan, the former Army chief of staff, told the the New York Times that the Army was simply too small for the many responsibilities it faced and should be expanded from about 500,000 in the active force to some 560,000. It also needs to make greater use of the National Guard, he said.

Barry R. McCaffrey, the retired four-star Army general, also asserted that the armed forces needed to be expanded. “We cannot sustain the current national security policy," he told the Times.

But Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has not favored substantially expanding the Army, concluding that such a step would draw money from programs he favors to overhaul the military. Congress, however, has mandated a temporary 30,000-soldier increase for the Army.

The strain on the Army may grow worse if Italy decides to leave Afghanistan at yearend. Italy has some 1,600 troops among the 20,000 NATO-led troops in Afghanistan. (The U.S. also has more than 20,000 troops there.)

The death yesterday of an Italian soldier in Afghanistan fueled a new debate among Italy's ruling coalition as to whether to continue funding its troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano defended the Afghan mission, but Welfare Minister Paolo Ferrero said: "it's obvious that we have to seriously look at the issue of how to get out." In a separate interview, Ferrero said: "this is not anymore a peace keeping mission but a war mission."

But even if Italy leaves the coalition, Rumsfeld has found one replacement source of troops: Montenegro.

Montenegro?

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic told Rumsfeld yesterday that Montenegro, which in July declared independence from its loose federation with Serbia, would consider sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The country, which has a population of 620,000, has an Army of between 650 and 1,100.

In other words, Montenegro can't fill Italy's shoes -- let alone the shoes some Pentagon critics suggest the U.S. needs to add to win the war.

9 Comments:

Anonymous MrToffeeLovesYa said...

Is it a double standard for liberals to be upset with George Allen for making "racist" comments, and to make fun of the fine people of Montenegro?

Conservatives like Rumsfeld proudly stand by the people of Montenegro, which roughly translates to "card playing black person", to bravely join us in the worldwide war on terror.

Get off your high horses, liberals! Where's the upside in making fun of the fine people of Montenegro? It only gives conservatives an opening to claim you are emboldening the terrorists by criticizing Rumsfeld.

C'mon, liberals. The U.S. reputation overseas couldn't be worse. Do we really want to piss off all those black card players? Pow!

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

MrToffee, that's some kind of comment. Either it's brilliant sarcasm, or you're really, really, really dumb.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Dave, I think he's that dumb.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous tabasco said...

The US had to pressure FIJI into sending 500 troops.

Fiji said they wouldn't come unless we paid them so Rummy said "OK".

What a grand coalition indeed !

The saad part is that OUR trooops are on third and fourth tours because of the criminal cabal.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Widget said...

Tabasco said...OUR troops are on third and fourth tours because of the criminal cabal

No, Tabasco, our troops are still in Iraq because terrorists are threatening our homeland, and plan to massacre anyone who is not Moslem.

Personally I would rather have our brave heroes who volunteered for the duty to be in Iraq, than have to fight the Moslem terrorists on the streets of America.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Personally I would rather have our brave heroes who volunteered for the duty to be in Iraq, than have to fight the Moslem terrorists on the streets of America.

Oy, you're not this obtuse, are you? What was the London plot, then? The NIE says our efforts in Iraq have worsened the situation, not made it better. We could have stuck to dismantling al-Qaeda, and we went on this misadventure. Our actions there are worsening, not improving things.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Widget said...

Dave Gullible, are yolu this deep into namecalling? Obtuse? And you so refined.

As for the troops from little Montenegro, if the armies of Bali had killed Bin Laden, the Hezbullah, and Al Quaeda when they invaded and attacked, the 200 innocent people who were slaughtered in the 'military compound' would still be alive. Wait, the Balian troops never attacked Bin Laden did they? Well why were the Islamic terrorists angry? Why do they hyate the people of Bali? Hmmmm?

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

if the armies of Bali had killed Bin Laden, the Hezbullah, and Al Quaeda when they invaded and attacked, the 200 innocent people who were slaughtered in the 'military compound' would still be alive. Wait, the Balian troops never attacked Bin Laden did they? Well why were the Islamic terrorists angry? Why do they hyate the people of Bali? Hmmmm?

This entire comment doesn't make any sense. It's completely incoherent. Please repost to try to make it coherent.

Otherwise we will petition for newer and better trolls.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Dave G. said...
"This entire comment doesn't make any sense. It's completely incoherent."


It makes a lot more sense than you do actually. What Widget is saying, Dave G., is that the Islamo-extremist terrorists do not need an excuse to attack anyone. They've been committing these unprovoked atrocities all throughout the world for a long time now, so to believe that they are only growing in numbers because we are in Iraq, is rather.......ummmm......obtuse.

The sick ideology of global jihad is on the rise once again, as has been the case at other times in the history of the world. I know that some of you libs have a difficult time dealing with reality, but you really should examine some of your illogical beliefs from time to time.

Dave G. said...
"The NIE says our efforts in Iraq have worsened the situation, not made it better."


Again, that's not exactly what the NIE is saying, Dave G. That's only one tiny part of the equation, the one that the old MSM would have you believe is the entire story. It's not.

If you read the other portions of the NIE report that the president was forced to declassify, (due to yet another illegal leak to the NYT) you will understand what I am saying.

On the other hand, if you would prefer to remain in the dark, with your head buried in the sand (or somewhere else entirely, if you are limber enough) then feel free to engage in more of your willful ignorance. It's what many on your side do so well.

12:37 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Listed on BlogShares