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Drop1
02-08-2008, 10:23 PM
Not in this decade. 11 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - A classified Pentagon assessment concludes that long battlefield tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with persistent terrorist activity and other threats, have prevented the U.S. military from improving its ability to respond to any new crisis, The Associated Press has learned.
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Despite security gains in Iraq, there is still a "significant" risk that the strained U.S. military cannot quickly and fully respond to another outbreak elsewhere in the world, according to the report.

Last year the Pentagon raised that threat risk from "moderate" to "significant." This year, the report will maintain that "significant" risk level pointing to the U.S. military's ongoing struggle against a stubborn insurgency in Iraq and its lead role in the NATO-led war in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon, however, will say that efforts to increase the size of the military, replace equipment and bolster partnerships overseas will help lower the risk over time, defense officials said Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the classified report.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has completed the risk assessment, and it is expected to be delivered to Capitol Hill this month. Because he has concluded the risk is significant, his report will include a letter from Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlining steps the Pentagon is taking to reduce it.

The risk level was raised to significant last year by Mullen's predecessor, Marine Gen. Peter Pace.

On Capitol Hill this week, Mullen provided a glimpse into his thinking on the review. And Pentagon officials Friday confirmed that the assessment is finished and acknowledged some of the factors Gates will cite in his letter.

"The risk has basically stayed consistent, stayed steady," Mullen told the House Armed Services Committee. "It is significant."

He said the 15-month tours in Iraq and Afghanistan are too long and must be reduced to 12 months, with longer rest periods at home. "We continue to build risk with respect to that," he said.

Other key national security challenges include threats from countries that possess weapons of mass destruction, as well as the need to replace equipment worn out and destroyed during more than six years of war.

On a positive note, Mullen pointed to security gains in Iraq, brought on in part by the increase in U.S. forces ordered there by President Bush last year. There, "the threat has receded and al-Qaida ... is on the run," he said. "We've reduced risk there. We've got more stability there as an example."

The annual review grades the military's ability to meet the demands of the nation's military strategy which would include fighting the wars as well as being able to respond to any potential outbreaks in places such as North Korea, Iran, Lebanon or China.

The latest review by Mullen covers the military's status during 2007, but the readiness level has seesawed during the Iraq war. For example, the risk for 2004 was assessed as significant, but it improved to moderate in 2005 and 2006.

Last year, when Pace increased the risk level, a report from Gates accompanying the assessment warned that while the military is working to improve its warfighting capabilities, it "may take several years to reduce risk to acceptable levels."

Gates is expected to tell Congress that while the primary goal is to continue to increase the size of the military, it is also critical to step up efforts to work with other nations as well as other U.S. agencies to bolster fragile governments through economic development and other support.

And it will reflect his drumbeat for the use of more "soft power" to defeat terrorism, which includes the greater use of civilians in areas such as political development, communications and training.

Pentagon leaders argue that nontraditional conflicts such as the insurgents and terrorists facing coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan will be the main military battlefields for years to come. And defeating them, they say, will require more than military hardware or "hard power."

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Gayle in MD
02-09-2008, 10:19 AM
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Pentagon leaders argue that nontraditional conflicts such as the insurgents and terrorists facing coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan will be the main military battlefields for years to come. And defeating them, they say, will require more than military hardware or "hard power."

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Notice how they avoid stating that only political reconciliation in the Iraqi Parliament will save that country from decades of warring and fighting.

Imagine a President, with no hidden ulterior motives of course, like oil contracts for his buddies, making this satatement:

We are giving notice to the Iraqi Parliament that they have four months to resolves their differences, and implement a plan to keep the peace in their country. The United States, having fought to provide peace and security over these last four years, can no long maintain patience or provide monatary, or military aide, nor sacrifice more American lives, and American treasure in a country which has thus far failed to meet agreements of Parliamentary Progress, which only Iraqis can produce.

The American people, having made tremendous sacrifices in our Military readiness, losses of nearly four thousand American troops, far greater numbers of casualties, accumulation of dangerous debt levels, and trillions spent already to insure Iraqi safety, and peace, will remove all American forces from Iraq in four months.

While the Iraq economy is expected to grow by 8%, and our own by only 1 1/2 percent, it should be obvious to all Iraqis, that we can no longer wait for them to mend their differences, drop their grudges, and work together to insure peace for their nation.

Instead, our limited forces must address the true center of the war against Radical Islamic Terrorism where it grows, trains, and builds its forces, Pakistan and Afghanistan. We ask the every country in the world join us in this fight for global peace, and international safety from terrorist attacks.

America will proudly accept any monatary repayment from Iraq for our humanitarian efforts in their to provide freedom from the inhumane treatment and genocide by S. H., and we welcome their support in assisting the effort to destroy al Qaeda, the terrorist network, and expose all those who support this evil, murderous group which threatens the safety and security of all nations.

We leave your country far better than we found it, and will be happy to provide any advice, assistance, and leadership in the re-building efforts. We recognize that he fight for peace in Iraq, must be fought and won by Iraqis, and that the United States maintaining military presence in your country does not promote that reconciliation, but instead, clouds the national issues which could be better addressed solely by the Iraqi people.

We leave having made every effort, save destruction of our own Military strengh and national safety, to assist Iraq in the interests of freedom and Democracy. We leave with honor, having won our victory four years ago, and remained since as allies to your freedom and peace. Iraq must now face and solve their tribal, religious and ethnic differences. America believes in the Iraqi spirit, and will make every effort, save further loss of life and treasure, to assist in that very worthy effort, and will provide protection to those who may face risk upon our leave, within the City we have built with American dollars to all Iraqi families who will continue the fight for safety and freedom alonside our troops, in Afghanistan, and the pakistani border.

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LWW
02-09-2008, 11:58 AM
Here sweetheart, I fixed it for you so that it resembled the real world in which we live a little better.
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We are giving notice to the European and Asian governments that they have four months to resolves their differences, and implement a plan to keep the peace in their countries. The United States, having fought to provide peace and security over this last century, can no long maintain patience or provide monatary, or military aide, nor sacrifice more American lives, and American treasure in countries which have thus far failed to meet agreements.

The American people, having made tremendous sacrifices in our Military readiness, losses of nearly one million American troops, far greater numbers of casualties, accumulation of dangerous debt levels, and trillions spent already to insure European and Asian safety, and peace, will remove all American forces from Europe and Asia in four months.

While the Euro and Asian economies are expected to grow by 8%, and our own by only 1 1/2 percent, it should be obvious to all of you, that we can no longer wait for them to mend their differences, drop their grudges, and work together to insure peace for their nation.

Instead, our limited forces must address the true center of the war against Radical Islamic Terrorism where it grows, trains, and builds its forces, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. We ask the every country in the world join us in this fight for global peace, and international safety from terrorist attacks.

America will proudly accept any monatary repayment from the Euros and Asians for our humanitarian efforts to provide them freedom from the inhumane treatment and genocide by Hitler, Pot, Minh, Hirohito, and numerous other idjits which American moonbats supported, and we welcome their support in assisting the effort to destroy al Qaeda, the terrorist network, and expose all those who support this evil, murderous group which threatens the safety and security of all nations.

We leave your countries far better than we found it, and will be happy to provide any advice, assistance, and leadership in the re-building efforts. We recognize that he fight for peace in Europe and Asia, must be fought and won by Euros and Asians, and that the United States maintaining military presence in your countries does not promote that reconciliation, but instead, clouds the national issues which could be better addressed solely by the Eurasian peoples.

We leave having made every effort, save destruction of our own Military strengh and national safety, to assist Eurasians in the interests of freedom and Democracy. We leave with honor, having won our victory 63 years ago, and remained since as allies to your freedom and peace. Eurasians must now face and solve their tribal, religious and ethnic differences. America believes in the Eurasian spirit, and will make every effort, save further loss of life and treasure, to assist in that very worthy effort, and will provide protection to those who may face risk upon our leave, within the City we have built with American dollars to all Eurasian families who will continue the fight for safety and freedom alonside our troops, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Pakistani border. <hr /></blockquote>

LWW

hondo
02-09-2008, 08:45 PM
"Here sweetheart, I fixed it for you so that it resembled the real world in which we live a little better."


Thanks, honey bunch.

DickLeonard
02-15-2008, 09:08 AM
LWW could you just turn the lights on when you leave. Also we're having trouble with running water could you get that fixed. My wife gave me a Laundry List that she wants fixed, She yelled at me if Iraq was this way with Saddam we would have kicked him.####