Earlier this week, NPR reported on a trend that is worrying the army. As we saw in Vietnam, more battle-tested captains are resigning their commissions as the Iraq war continues. Depending on who you ask, 13 to 25% of captains are deciding to get out when the time comes. This is a great loss - these are combat-trained professionals, and according to the army, they're going to need 6,000 new officers to keep up with the expanding size of the army.
So these are losses we can't really afford. But they are yet another casualty of the President's misbegotten invasion of Iraq. Like Tony Blair and habeas corpus.