A couple of years ago I was quite worried about whether fighting two wars was going to break the US Armed Forces and especially the army. I worried less as the surge seemed to have worked (with lots of caveats and lots of other factors playing a role), and hoped that the downsizing of the commitment would stop the, ahem, bleeding. But now that Afghanistan is the main show with lots of stress on the force, I am worried again. And so is Tom Ricks.
Again, the good news is that the US is on its way out of Iraq, but the operational tempo is still very, very high. Funny that the Republicans complained about the tempo under Clinton, which is nothing compared to today. Ok, not so funny.
Anyhow, things are mighty, might tough today, and it is not going to get that much easier anytime soon.