In an unprecedented move Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, is protesting by withholding a required 2008 budget plan from Rumsfeld
and the Pentagon leadership after congress and the white house implemented an array of cuts in the Army budget request the preceding month. The
general does not believe that the Army can carry out its assigned duties in Iraq without a 41% increase in funding over last years budget.
WASHINGTON — The Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in
The decision by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, is believed to be unprecedented and signals a widespread belief within the Army
that in the absence of significant troop withdrawals from Iraq, funding assumptions must be completely reworked, say current and former Pentagon
"This is unusual, but hell, we're in unusual times," said a senior Pentagon official involved in the budget discussions.
Schoomaker failed to submit the budget plan by an Aug. 15 deadline. The protest followed a series of cuts in the service's funding requests by both
the White House and Congress over the last four months.
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I oppose the military interventionist policies of this administration, however I am not in favor of leaving our troops in harms way because of
inadequate funding. It has been reported that the Army is working with DOD to iron out a compromise, but I fear the only things that will be
compromised are the lives of american soldiers.
This administration went into iraq unprepared for the consequences of their action and american soldiers paid the price. Now the inevitable financial
problems which have long been predicted by military experts are on DODs door step and soon will result in more dead soldiers. Up next will be the
shredding of the entire US economy.
Does anyone in the house, congress or the white house have the courage to address these problems directly and honestly? Ive seen no evidence of such
courage from either party.
[edit on 25-9-2006 by df1]
[edit on 25-9-2006 by UM_Gazz]