Army’s Top General Fires Shot Across Bush’s Brow

General George Casey, biggest cheese in the Army, went public yesterday with his belief that the Army ‘has been stretched so thin by the war in Iraq that it can not adequately respond to another conflict…’, according to Bryan Bender’s story in the Globe today.

In his first appearance as Army chief of staff, Casey told the House Armed Services Committee that the Army is “out of balance” and “the current demand for our forces exceeds the sustainable supply. We are consumed with meeting the demands of the current fight and are unable to provide ready forces as rapidly as necessary for other potential contingencies.”

Perhaps the downward spiral of the Army, and the military in general, is not a surprise to anyone outside the Republican party. General Casey is not bringing new news to the fore. But the manner of his announcement speaks to just how serious he is.

He could have spoken in a closed hearing.

He requested a public hearing, and got it.

Deliberately saying what he said in public is a shot across Bush’s furrowed little brow, a direct challenge to his leadership. And Bush’s leadership is such that he couldn’t lead a starving dog to a plate of food across the room. Not an intelligent dog anyway.

So, Bush will fire Casey when?

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