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2004

US runs low on soldiers

New Zealand Herald [New Zealand]

09/19/04

With the war locked into a bloody stalemate, the veterans are wondering how the military might find replacements to fill the gaps starkly spelled out by their symbolic cemetery. For despite the Pentagon's boast that it can fight and win two conventional wars, US forces are seriously overstretched. 'We don't have the manpower to sustain the war in Iraq,' says Eric Ellis, a Vietnam veteran who helped to start Arlington West. 'In Vietnam we had 550,000 troops. We rotated them every year. We had to do one combat tour. Now we have 130,000-odd troops in Iraq. They do a tour, come home, then go back...

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