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General: Army near 'breaking' point

As ‘Radical’ Russ noted below, there are grim numbers laid out for this administration regarding the toll his Big Global Military Adventures have taken on the men and women serving this country.

Despite all of the mess going on with Foley, the misuse and destruction of the military is one of the most heinous acts of this president (and Congress, which rubber stamped everything Bush has done).

General Barry McCaffrey (ret.), who served as commander in chief of the U.S. Southern Command and drug czar in the Clinton admin, says the Army has now reached a breaking point that threatens our security. (Rocky Mountain News):

The Iraq war has left the United States military in critical condition, stretched beyond its limits in manpower and equipment and in danger of “breaking,” a retired U.S. Army general said here today.

“The United States Army is stumbling toward the edge of a cliff. It’s starting to unravel,” said Gen. Barry McCaffrey, speaking at a homeland defense symposium. “It has about $61 billion in equipment shortages. It has a $50 billion shortfall in the vital equipment and parts you need to run a war.”

…The Army’s 14 brigades now deployed in Iraq have their full complement of troops with competent leadership, said McCaffrey, but “the other two-thirds of the Army’s combat brigades are not ready to fight.”

He goes on to say that we are in serious jeopardy if there is a need for military action in Korea, or even if faced with a natural disaster at this point. He lays the blame directly on Bush and Congress.

And we’re still purging the military of qualified and ready men and women who happen to be openly gay.


Speaking of that…

Atlanta City Council Calls for Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

SLDN reports that the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution on yesterday calling for the repeal of DADT by supporting the passage of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act.

The measure was introduced by City Council member Anne Fauver and was supported by both Georgia Equality and the Georgia chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER).

“Communities across America are demanding that Congress place military readiness ahead of discrimination,” said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). “SLDN salutes Georgia Equality and American Veterans for Equal Rights for their tireless efforts in building grassroots momentum for repeal. Our nation must treat all service members with dignity and respect, but we deny that honor to our lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel by keeping ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ on the books.”

…“Like all Georgians, gays and lesbians have many differing views about the war in Iraq,” said Kathleen Womack, Chair of Georgia Equality. “However, we all recognize that our fight for true equality requires an end to discrimination against gays by the federal government. The action of the Atlanta City Council puts Atlanta at the forefront of the national effort to improve our nation’s security by allowing the armed forces to truly recruit from America’s best and brightest, to include those who are gay and lesbian.”

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