Friday, April 1, 2016

How Many US Troops Are Fighting ISIS ???

This report claims that our forces fighting ISIS are top heavy:

There are only 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq—about what a colonel usually commands. But for this ISIS war, as many as 21 generals have been deployed. Why?

In the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the U.S. military is notably short on soldiers, but apparently not on generals.

There are at least 12 U.S. generals in Iraq, a stunningly high number for a war that, if you believe the White House talking points, doesn’t involve American troops in combat. And that number is, if anything, a conservative estimate, not taking into account the flag officers running the U.S. air war, the admirals helping wage the war from the sea, or their superiors back at the Pentagon.

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But contrast that with another set of facts:

Since World War II ended, the number of general or flag officers per uniformed personnel has been increasing — reaching an all-time high in 2010 of nearly 7 general and flag officers per every 10,000 uniformed personnel.

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That implies these 21 generals are in command of 30,000 troops. Perhaps the other 25,000 are mercenaries.

King George III would have been proud.

Did Congress authorize this? Which bill?

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