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January 22, 2004

US ARMY CHIEF HAPPY TO BE AT WAR

Think's it's doing wonders for our troops.
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Do you think this venue (the AP) was an appropriate venue for this kind of red meat talk? Do you think maybe he should no better seeing as how he's in the public eye?

Do you think this ....
General Peter Schoomaker said in an interview with AP news agency that the wars had allowed the army to instil its soldiers with a "warrior ethos."

But the general, who became chief of staff in August, denied warmongering saying the army must be ready to fight.

He also said he doubted recruiting more troops was a solution to army stress.

"You aren't stronger because you have more people," he said, adding that expanding the army was similar to pouring water on sand.

Many senior military figures have expressed concern about "overstretch", a problem which has become particularly acute in post-war situations like Iraq which require more troops than combat.

But General Schoomaker says the answer could be to expand combat strength by freeing troops from other assignments.

General Schoomaker said the attacks on America in September 2001 and subsequent events had given the US army a rare opportunity to change.

"There is a huge silver lining in this cloud," he said.
is worse than a howl at an iowa rally speech to more than 3,000 supporters on what have been a disappoinitng night?