A Troop Readiness Crisis

Proponents and opponents of the amendments to the war supplemental bill that has now passed both houses of Congress have focused on the provision that sets a timetable for withdrawal. They are concerned about the potential signals it would have on the insurgents as well as our moral obligation to the Iraqi people. But another provision in the bills concerns our moral obligation to the men and women who are being deployed to Iraq, and it has not received proper attention.

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