Barry McCaffrey, a retired Army general who was a division commander during the 1991 Gulf War, said in an interview Friday that he has no doubt the U.S. will begin pulling some forces early next year.
"We're going to draw down, one way or the other, or they'll wreck the armed forces," McCaffrey said. He cited mounting strains on troops and their families from repeated and lengthy deployments.
"The only right answer is that we've got to be down to 10 brigades by next November," he said, referring to 2008 and describing a force total somewhat below 100,000. "That's from a military, not a political, perspective."
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