What does the military feel about the Bush administration?

  • 60 percent of the officers surveyed say the military is weaker today than five years ago, largely because of Iraq, Afghanistan and the punishing rate of troop deployments.
  • More than half say the military is weaker than it was 10 or 15 years ago.
  • Some 88 percent say the demands of the Iraq war have stretched the military "dangerously thin."
  • The officers rate their confidence in Mr. Bush ? who was hugely popular with the military in the 2000 election ? at a mere 5.5 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.
  • More than 80 percent of the officers say it would be "unreasonable" to ask the military to wage another major war today.
  • When asked how prepared the United States is to execute a military mission against Iran or North Korea, both of whose nuclear programs are a cause of great concern in Washington, officers put both below 5 on a 1 to 10 scale.
  • When asked to judge the readiness of the military services to fight, the Army, which has shouldered the bulk of the Iraq war, rated the worst score - 4.7 on a scale of 1 to 10.

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