A More Rapid Army?

Before 10,000 cheering military veterans in Cincinnati last week, President Bush declared he was bringing up to 70,000 U.S. troops home from bases in Europe and Asia over the coming decade. "We'll take advantage of 21st century military technologies to rapidly deploy increased combat power," he told the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His plan drew fire from his Democratic opponent, John Kerry, who said Bush's plan shortchanges both U.S. allies and the war on terrorism. But strategic objections aside, the plan raises more immediate questions about those 21st century military technologies.

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