The Army’s top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in additional funding.
The decision by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army’s chief of staff, is believed to be unprecedented and signals a widespread belief within the Army that in the absence of significant troop withdrawals from Iraq, funding assumptions must be completely reworked, say current and former Pentagon officials.
Does anyone know anything about this that would shed some light on it? As a long-time supporter of Rumsfeld, watching the same US Marines now into third and fourth tours, I'm starting to think we really do need to rethink force structure in a big way if we're going to maintain operational tempo for years to come. If Iran will have to be dealt with on the mid-term horizon, for example, we might well need more units for the rotation.