Somehow, John Cole slipped off our bloglists, which I'll correct as soon as I finish this post. It's particularly distressing because John has been blogging up a storm recently, and his last post on the military's failure to meet it's recruitment goals is a must read. Bottom line: the latest recruitment figures look terrible. Fortunately, the Department of Defense has a solution:
It's going to stop releasing recruitment figures . [UPDATE: Whoops, that's a pretty big screwup by me. The DoD is stopping the services from independently releasing recruitment figures, but it's not stopping the release of such figures alltogether. Rather, the figures will be consolidated in to a single release, purportedly so that they can be "reviewed" by the DoD. My sincere apologies. Still quite troubling, but not so nearly as troubling as my first reading implied.] Read those last two sentences again. I guess I should be thankful that the DoD has finally found a definitive answer to the old koan about trees falling in forests and no-one being around to notice. And thank God that it did; I was beginning to become concerned that there was a war on, and that the Administration didn't care all that much about winning it. Let's hope that this "decision" gets revised.