posted by rangeragainstwar at 1:16 PM
The Army (and Marines) also plan to be a bit bigger, and to have longer deployments. JCS is now seeking authorization for "full access" to over 500,000 USAR and NG troops.Did you ever resign your commission, Jim?
Lurch,We'll answer in order of importance:1) I did not resign my comission, as I'm on the retired list. But I'm sure they don't want me anyway; I'm not much of a team player anymore. I can't even cooperate with my editor.My VA disability precludes my return to active duty.2) I've always criticized the use of the Reserve force structure as an active duty entity, except in times of national emergency. And I do not mean created or illusory national emergencies. This is what I call war on the cheap, b/c the administration doesn't have the guts to fund or budget the military on an actual, ad hoc basis. They prefer to hide behind emergency funding and reserve force budget. This is fine and good, except the Reserve forces get screwed every time, from promotions to civilian careers. The way the Reserve forces are used today discourages career-track civilians from joining. Jim
Well, the issue in the woodpile of course is the term "national emergency." I agree that a desire to grab up all the oil to keep the Russians and Chinese from getting access doesn't exactly qualify as an emergency, although it can be a national strategic priority. And there are probably cheaper ways to get control of it than waging aggressive war and emptying out the Treasury by fattening your campaign donors, but then, that was one of the points, wasn't it?
Lurch,Why do the Russians need access?
The Russians want access so they can keep us and the Chinese from getting it, of course. Most of their produced oil and gas is used domestically and exported to Europe. But resources are like bank accounts. Why limit yourself to one?
Lurch,Roger that. Out.
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