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The equipment has been heavily used in Iraq, some of it is worn-out, some damaged, all of 'em need down-time for replacement and repair.  They've stripped the US of second-line equipment - from the National Guard and Reserve Units.  

The quality of people being brought into the military has lowered.  They are losing the NCO corp (the heart of a fighting force) because of Iraq.  The quality of the Army has lowered.  The suicide rate is appalling.

The US is spending a ton of money, per year, but that is spread-out over the standard bills just to have a Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp, National Guard (Territorials,) and their associated Reserve Units.  Billions of dollars per month goes to Iraq.  And so on and so forth.

Yes, the US spends a lot, too much IMHO, on its military but it's a 'holding action,' as it were.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Sep 19th, 2008 at 09:35:02 PM EST
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