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Smaller Than The Gulf War

With Korea and Iran making nuclear weapons, with the Musharraf government in a nuclear armed Islamic Pakistan vulnerable, with Libya and Syria as potential customers for North Korean plutonium, with terrorists to be rooted out in places like Indonesia and the Philippines, do we really think we can get away with a military substantially smaller than in the Gulf War? True, technology now allows our soldiers to do much more than they could, even in the early nineties. But technology won’t allow a soldier to be in two countries at once. We’re relying too much on our reserves which, The Washington Post reports today, missed their January and February recruiting goals. The lengthy overseas deployments, over and above the usual commitment of 39 days a year, have taken their toll. This country has never been more threatened than it is today. How much longer will we go on pretending?

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