NYDN - Hil's Bill Boosts Army
New York Daily News
July 17, 2005
Hil's Bill Boosts Army
WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton wants to beef up the military by 80,000 soldiers.
Introducing a bill to raise troop strength by 20,000 a year for the next four years, Clinton (D-N.Y.) and other lawmakers said last week that fighting the war on terror is overtaxing the armed forces.
Sen. Clinton is doing an excellent job positioning herself toward the center. As most of her political record as First Lady &tc. is in the domestic arena, national security issues are perfect for her as a virgin field in which to establish a more mainstream record.
"Our Army is under unprecedented stress," said Clinton, who has taken an increasingly high profile on military matters as a member of the Armed Services Committee. "When an Army unit returns from service in Iraq or Afghanistan, it barely gets a breather before it begins training for its next deployment."
The legislators were backed by a pair of retired generals, who warned that an Army can fall apart in a couple of years by being overextended and take decades to rebuild.
"We cannot win the war on terror and lose our Army in the process," said retired Lt. Gen. Daniel Christman.
Clinton also said a new Rand study finished for the Army yesterday "warns that we are already in dangerous territory."
The Pentagon and the Bush administration have said repeatedly that the military has sufficient troop strength.