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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Army Reserve Broken

In an article from the Chicago Tribune, Lt. Gen. James Helmly, the chief of the Army Reserves' 200,000 soldiers, is quoted in a memo to top Army officials that the Reserve troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are quickly "degenerating into a broken force." The general goes on, blaming the deterioration on "dysfuntional" Army and Pentagon policies and their unwillingness to change their tactics. Of the 150,000 American troops in Iraq, 30,000 are Army Reserve.

In his memo the general alerts officials of his "deepening concern" as to the Army Reserves' "inability to meet mission requirements," echoing many warnings that the Army is spread too thin. Though The Peach has always voiced its concerns about American troops, in this case there is a fear that Bush will do what he always does to people who speak out against his methods. Rather then fix the problem, fire the person who points it out.


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