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  •  Kos, Surely 400,000 in the Army is enough? (1+ / 0-)
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    You're right that several weapons systems need to be axed as well.

    Why do we need a standing army that large?  Afghanistan is coming to a close.  Iraq is over, theoretically.

    You expect a LAND WAR with China?

    Being able to project force around the world is important, and you can don't that without the carriers and the subs.  The Navy and Coast Guard are important.  

    But we don't need to stop the Soviets in Europe with the Army.

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    by polecat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:46:23 PM PST

    •  Afghanistan coming to a close....yet... (2+ / 0-)
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      this feels like something out of Blazing Saddles...

      Washington (CNN) -- We're not bluffing, the Obama administration told Afghanistan on Tuesday in announcing it has started planning for the possible withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of the year if no security agreement is signed.

      Statements by the White House and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel showed President Barack Obama's impatience with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign the agreement that would keep several thousand American troops in the country after combat operations conclude this year.

      so, if I understand this correctly, if the Afghanistan government doesn't sign an agreement to keep US troops there, the US is threatening to remove the troops. Eh, what?

      Meanwhile, if we're no longer fighting in Iraq, if we're leaving Afghanistan, then we can demobilize. That'd save some money.

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      by Shahryar on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:34:32 PM PST

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      •  Karzai wants to have his cake and eat it too (2+ / 0-)
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        RandomNonviolence, polecat
        so, if I understand this correctly, if the Afghanistan government doesn't sign an agreement to keep US troops there, the US is threatening to remove the troops. Eh, what?
        US troops are pretty much the only reason Karzai's still alive, never mind the titular President of Afghanistan.  If we leave, he's dead and the Taliban come roaring back because the Taliban are really just the Pashtun ethnic militia, the Pashtun being the largest and dominant ethnic group in Afghanistan (with plenty of cousins across the border in Pakistan).

        At the same time, Karzai doesn't dare say or do anything to confirm his dependence on American support and his desire to have us stay at least as long as he's alive.  What passes for his popular support would evaporate instantly.

        So Karzai's saying no, confident that we'll stay anyway even without a Status of Forces Agreement.  We're saying we're leaving unless he says yes, because we really, really want that piece of paper giving us official permission to stay forever and operate above local law.

        Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

        by Visceral on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:50:21 PM PST

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    •  400,000?? (2+ / 0-)
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      polecat, Calamity Jean

      considering that in the sandbox wars the tail to spearhead ratio has been leaning towards the pointy end, 400,000 men army maybe sufficient.

      Another great saving eliminate the contractors. If those retired cols and generals are so sharp then let them stay on, but take them out of the promotion chain. why is it a profit center at a office complex in Alexandria VA, but not at Andrews AFB? I know Andrews has a new designation, but teaching old dogs...

      I remember hearing in Germany that qualified people who aged out of the promotion window were retained at the job they did well, without further promotions. But German military is part of civil service.

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