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Monday, April 14, 2003
Bold or Brass?

Here we have, as outlined in this morning’s New York Times, the political impetus for the rapid advance to Baghdad and the heavy Washington spin geared toward downplaying the anarchy in Iraq.
Under the headline Rumsfeld Requests Power to Reorganize Services we learn:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is asking Congress for broad new powers to reshape the uniformed services from the highest ranking officers down to reservists and supply clerks…the proposed legislation requests greater flexibility over personnel policy affecting the very senior levels, allowing a defense secretary to extend the tenure of generals and admirals in especially important jobs, while easing the early retirement of those unlikely to be promoted further…Lower in the ranks, the legislation would clear the way for transferring a large number of military support jobs to civilian employees…increasing the numbers of combat troops without adding to the roughly 1.5 million people in uniform today.

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