I support our troops, as do many Americans. You can tell as much from their “Support Our Troops” ribbons, stuck to the backs of many of our cars. In addition to this kindhearted gesture, which is of limited use to the troops during battle, it might be helpful to actually listen to what the soldiers themselves have to say.
It is in that spirit that I direct you to this study. Foreign Policy magazine conducted a study of 3,400 high-ranking officers in the U.S. military.
Please take the time to read the study itself, as it is quite informative. For those who might not have time to click the link, I’ll post some of the highlights below.
- 60% say the U.S. military is weaker today than five years ago.
- 42% agree that the war in Iraq has “broken” the U.S. military
- 88% believe the war in Iraq has stretched the U.S. military dangerously thin.
- 80% say that, given the stress of current deployments, it is unreasonable to expect the U.S. military to wage another war at this time.
- On a scale of 1 to 10, the officers put America’s preparedness for war against Iran at just 4.5.
- 66% believe America’s elected leaders are either somewhat or very uninformed about the U.S. military.
- 16% express “no confidence at all in the president.”
- 53% agree that “torture is never acceptable.”
- 46% agree that “waterboarding is torture.”
- 74% believe the civilian leadership set unreasonable goals for the military to accomplish in postwar Iraq.
- “Nearly 9 in 10 say the surge is working.”
There they are, just the facts and numbers–no out-of-context bullshit.