Monday, April 26, 2004

I think Japan has a little ways to go before they can claim to be fully part of the world community.

Alan Wolfe From Foreign Affairs, May/June 2004 writes a review about the new
Samuel Huntington book: Who Are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity.

Phil Carter writes in Slate a good article about the Hollow Force: Has Iraq stretched the U.S. military to its breaking point?
Money quote: It's too late to back out of Iraq. The real issue today is how to beat the insurgency without eviscerating the American military to do it. If winning the war will take more troops, then we must send them. Reconciling the need to win in Iraq with the need to sustain military readiness will be hard. It probably means we need to increase the size of the active military and adjust the mixture of active and reserve forces to put more "nation-building" troops like military police and civil affairs personnel on active duty.

I like to add that it will take years, but we will need more Special Forces and other special operation types. We will need to equip and train more of the conventional forces in military police or constabulary duty. A dedicated vehicle like the up-armored HMMWV will have to be procured.

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