Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The vain search for absolute security…

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington-based defense policy research group, says the military is over-extended:

"The ground forces required to provide the necessary level of stability and security to Afghanistan and Iraq clearly exceed those available for the mission.”
Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer, said: “You really begin to wonder just how much stress and strain there is on the Army, how much longer it can continue.”

Not so, says Rummy:

This armed force is enormously capable…In addition, it's battle hardened. It's not a peacetime force that has been in barracks or garrisons."

The Hawks are calling for military invasion of Iran:

It's important to give diplomacy a try, but I don't believe we should take any option — including military force — off the table." Sen. John
Cornyn, R.-TX
What is the cost of the "politics of security"? Former Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican and soldier, calculated the cost decades ago:

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.-- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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