Defense Cutbacks Put Intolerable Stress on Troops in Afghanistan

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Bob Scales has a thoughtful op-ed in the Washington Post today suggesting that incidents such as the one in which a staff sergeant killed 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan are related to the stress of nonstop combat deployments. A Vietnam veteran, Scales points out that there is only so much that soldiers can take and that today’s generation of infantrymen has had to endure more combat rotations than his generation did. “[T]he real institutional culprit is the decade-long exploitation and cynical overuse of one of our most precious and irreplaceable national assets: our close combat soldiers and Marines,” he writes.

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Defense Cutbacks Put Intolerable Stress on Troops in Afghanistan

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