Force of Habit

Easterbrook, Gregg
December 2001
New Republic;12/17/2002, Vol. 225 Issue 25, p18
Offers observations on the value of defense spending by the United States government. Performance of the U.S. military during its war against Afghanistan; Importance of funding for support personnel in the military; Criticism of the level of defense spending; Affordability and adaptability of military hardware; Consideration of the dire consequences of a war fought against Afghanistan given the regulations imposed by spending reforms; Views of Bill Owens on supplies moved by the U.S. during the Gulf war, in his book "Lifting the Fog of War"; Report on wars fought by the U.S. since World War II by the U.S.; Comment on needless army of 500,000 soldiers of the U.S.; Changing roles of the weapons that were designed earlier for some other purposes; Failure of smart weapons of the U.S. to destroy terrorist group Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.


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