Saturday, October 16, 2004

What the military thinks

Via The American Street:

WASHINGTON - Members of the military and their families say the Bush administration underestimated the number of troops needed in Iraq and put too much pressure on inadequately trained National Guard and reserve forces, according to a poll released Saturday.

The National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62 percent in the military sample said the administration didn't send an adequate number of troops to Iraq. And 59 percent said too much of a burden has been put on the National Guard and the reserves when regular forces should have been expanded instead. [my emphasis]

Family members were more critical of the administration's Iraq policy than those on active duty.

This critical view comes from a military group that has a more favorable view of President Bush (news - web sites), Iraq, the economy and the nation's direction than Americans in general. [From AP]

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The closer it gets to Election Day, news like this and the shortage of flu shots will sway many of the undecideds Kerry's way. Let's hope Bush's smoke and mirror show unravels even more by 2 Nov.

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