Friday, December 10, 2004

US Army plagued by desertion and plunging morale

This story from the Times On Line. Click title to link to full story - PolPop

From Elaine Monaghan in Washington

WHILE insurgents draw on deep wells of fury to expand their ranks in Iraq, the US military is fighting desertion, recruitment shortfalls and legal challenges from its own troops.

The irritation among the rank and file became all too clear this week when a soldier stood up in a televised session with Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, to ask why the world’s richest army was having to hunt for scrap metal to protect its vehicles


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