Sunday, March 20, 2005

Two Years Later, Iraq War Drains Military

"The unexpectedly heavy demands of sustained ground combat are depleting military manpower and gear faster than they can be fully replenished. Shortfalls in recruiting and backlogs in needed equipment are taking a toll, and growing numbers of units have been broken apart or taxed by repeated deployments, particularly in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve."

What I find truly fascinating is that the guys on right-wing radio shows think the Iraq situation is a resounding success. There's even this psychopathic "new math" they repeatedly use to "prove" that not only is "Operation Iraqi Freedom" a success, but one of the most triumphant operations in the history of modern warfare.

And you can tell who's taking these lessons to heart; they typically have cute little "W" stickers on their windshields.


Ken Younos said...

This is an example of what bothers me regarding the American mentality. Americans in general seem to "think" in fractions; they appear unable to make a critical evaluation based on the whole. We can see this at work in the legal process too: both the prosecutor and the defense attorney BELIEVE their unbalanced and one-sided view of the "facts". This behavior, I think, comes in part from the assumption that truth is relative, that "facts" are such only insofar as they promote our immediate interests. IMO both Republican and Democratic parties are guilty of this mindlessness; it is a partisan mentality, and it comes with the territory.

jason said...

Of course it's a success--anything can be successful when its raison d'etre is modified on a daily basis.

W.M. Bear said...

Ken -- True, but I prefer Democratic mindlessness to Republican mindlessness. To follow up on your legal analogy. I would prefer to see an innocent man go free EVEN IF HIS ATTORNEY RESORTED TO QUESTIONABLE AND OBVIOUSLY PARTISAN TACTICS, than, say, be condemned to death. Unfortunately, our current politics does nothing but offer these kinds of inanely polarized choices. You got that right. (Look at the Schiavo case, for example.)