Ready or not

Military preparedness

Presidential candidate George W. Bush has fueled a debate on U.S. military readiness by charging, among other things, that the military has been neglected and underfunded during the Clinton years. He has specifically charged that two of ten active army divisions are unprepared for combat. This claim appears to be true: two army divisions have not completed combat training. But the reason for this particular failure is noteworthy: it’s because many troops in those divisions are deployed in peacekeeping duty in Bosnia and Kosovo.


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