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May 04, 2005

George W. Bush: Liar or Fool?

The Carpetbagger Report says:

Carpetbagger Report: [O]ne of the more disturbing moments from... [Bush's] prime-time press conference.... Bush: "No, I appreciate that question. The person to ask that to, the person I ask that to, at least, is to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, my top military advisor. I say, 'do you feel that we've limited our capacity to deal with other problems because of our troop levels in Iraq?' And the answer is, no, he doesn't feel we're limited. He feels like we've got plenty of capacity...."

[O]ne thing is for sure: Gen. Richard Myers gave a very different answer to Congress about our ability to deal with a military conflict should a crisis arise. "The concentration of American troops and weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan limits the Pentagon's ability to deal with other potential armed conflicts, the military's highest ranking officer reported to Congress on Monday. The officer, Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, informed Congress in a classified report that major combat operations elsewhere in the world, should they be necessary, would probably be more protracted and produce higher American and foreign civilian casualties because of the commitment of Pentagon resources in Iraq and Afghanistan. General Myers cited reduced stockpiles of precision weapons, which were depleted during the invasion of Iraq, and the stress on reserve units, which fulfill the bulk of combat support duties in Iraq, as among the factors that would limit the Pentagon's ability to prevail as quickly as war planners once predicted in other potential conflicts.... One official told reporters we'd succeed in any conflict, but 'it wouldn't be as pretty.'"

Posted by DeLong at May 4, 2005 02:23 PM