As we roll the dice again in Central Asia, it's clear that we're pushing our Army and Marines too far. Naturally, our troops, notably the brass, will deny this. We Americans need to recognize the limits on our troops, even if they refuse to do so.
Washington is spending more today on its military now than it did when the U.S. was confronting the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact, Maoist China, and assorted Third World autocracies. Whatever could justify such outlays?
The Status of Forces Agreement comes with outrageous stipulations that render our troops helpless, subject them to the Iraqi military tribunals, halt U.S. military operations, and turn vengeful detainees over to the Iraqis.