Army chief defies Rumsfeld in bitter budget cuts row

Telegraph Link here

Relations between the American military and Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, plunged to a new low yesterday over claims by the head of the US army that the Pentagon's budget proposals would leave his forces billions of dollars short of their needs.

In an unprecedented move that underlines the dire state of relations between the uniformed military and their civilian leaders, Gen Peter Schoomaker, the army's chief of staff, has refused to submit his 2008 budget to the Pentagon.

He made his protest after the White House and Congress ordered swingeing cuts to the army's requests. It reflects a growing sense among generals that their forces are being stretched to their limits by their commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan without receiving adequate funding to fulfil them.
(my bold) sounds familiar!

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