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"Not Ready for Duty, Sir!"

"Our military is low on parts, pay and morale. If called on by the commander-in-chief today, two entire divisions of the Army would have to report ... Not ready for duty, sir."

— George W. Bush at the 2000 Republican National Convention

Four years after the invasion of Iraq, the high and growing demand for U.S. troops there and in Afghanistan has left ground forces in the United States short of the training, personnel and equipment that would be vital to fight a major ground conflict elsewhere, senior U.S. military and government officials acknowledge.

— "Military Ill Prepared For Other Conflicts" by Ann Scott Tyson, The Washington Post published Monday, March 19, 2007; Page A01.