Letters: Sep. 22, 2003

Are We Stretched Too Thin?

"The U.S. Army is spread not too thin but far too wide. How can any nation be entitled to plant its military in 120 countries?" D. EUGENE LICHTY McPherson, Kans.

The solution to the U.S. military's problem of being overextended lies not in adding more troops [COVER STORY, Sept. 1] but in better planning. If the military "lacks the cleanup crews"--the military police, engineering units and street-by-street peacekeepers needed to occupy whole countries for months if not years--then it shouldn't be making messes in the first place. U.S. troops should be assisted by crews provided by...

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