In One Eye

Wednesday, August 10, 2005
At the risk of beating a dead horse, here's the latest recruiting news:
The Army National Guard ... missed its [monthly] goal again, recruiting only 4,712, or 80 percent, of its July target of new members, spokesman Bryan Whitman said. The Guard has hit its target only once in the past 19 months and remains far from its yearly goals.

The U.S. Army Reserve also fell short of its target, recruiting 2,131 new reservists, 82 percent of its goal, Whitman said. The Reserve also is behind is annual goal.
And the reason for this state of affairs?
The Pentagon has blamed the recruiting shortfalls in part on an economy that's providing other opportunities to high school and college graduates.
Right. The economy. Leave it to Rumsfeld to try to wiggle his way out of an obvious explanation.

Oh well. The Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for this idyllic economic situation.