Scottie vs. The General

From Holden:

Little Scottie, yesterday:

Q Anyway, this study ordered by the Pentagon, called by the drafter “The Thin Green Line,” says, in effect, bottom line, that the U.S. Army is stretched so thin it cannot prevail against the insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq. Did that come up at all in this morning —

MR. McCLELLAN: And that’s why you’re rushing to get over to the Pentagon, too, I’m sure, to bring up that very question. I tell you that our commanders would be in the best position to answer that question because they reject such a characterization very strongly.

The General on the ground, today:

The top U.S. general in Iraq acknowledged Thursday that American forces in this country are “stretched,” but he said he will only recommend withdrawals based on operational needs.


“The forces are stretched … and I don’t think there’s any question of that,” Casey said. “But the Army has been for the last several years going through a modernization strategy that will produce more units and more ready units.”