Monday, May 02, 2005
In an unexpected concession to the numbingly obvious, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today informed startled members of Congress that current wars, as a rule, tend to tie up manpower and resources that would otherwise be available for future wars:
Pentagon officials said that the analysis — the latest assessment of military risk that the Pentagon sends each year to Congress — concluded that the United States military would still be able to win any war the president asked it to fight. It would just be more difficult to win in the time frame and with the number of troops detailed in the Pentagon's myriad contingency plans.
"The assessment is that we would succeed, but there would be higher casualties and more collateral damage," said one senior Defense official. "We would have to win uglier."