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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALoZErruNo December Sefving New Bratuifels and Coiilil County since iSSi New Braunfels Zeittmg was founded i 1862 Nfew Braunfels Herald was founded I 1890 The two papers merged in 1957and I printed in both German and English until 1958 Gary E BfadyclSir Brian i Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Difebtot CffllflPaullnfl Business Manager Courtney Abefnaihy Heather Scant OUR OPINION Rethink strength of US armed forces El Paso Times on more armed forces needed Americas armed forces havent increased sig nificantly in size for about 16 years but that might be theres a bipartisan bicam eral push under way to put more people in uni form because of a growing fear that the Pentagon cant fight the war on terrorism and be adequate ly prepared for conflict somewhere else It was reported that 54 of the 61 members of the House Armed Services Committee sent Presi dent Bush a letter pressing him to expand combat forces Theres room for concern The Communist Chi nese Army is estimated at million and the army of North Korea is thought to be about 1 mil linn with approximately 4 million in the various militias Both countries are potential enemies The Army has soldiers many of them tied down by combat in Iraq Total activeduty military all branches of serv ice is under million With forces arrayed across the world thats not a healthy situation Also worrisome is the heavy use of National Guard and Reserve troops In the letter to the president lawmakers wrote We are concerned that our Armed Forces are overextended and that we are relying too heavily upon members of he Guard and Reserve in the continuing war on The operational tempo required to maintain forwarddeployed forces in Iraq Afghanistan the Balkans Korea and elsewhere are unprecedented Not since the Vietnam War has the Army had such a large fraction oFits activeduty forces Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld doesnt favor increasing forces But he needs to rethink that carefully Even highranking military personnel are doubtful that the military could sustain conflicts on two fronts Threats against the United States arent likely to disappear anytime soon In fact the smart money says theyll increase It would be a good idea as the letter suggests to review the mission and duties of Reserve and Guard components and see if they should be adjusted to meet current needs TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Dec 18 the 352nd day of 2003 There are 13 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec 18 1865 the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery was declared in effect On this date In 1787 New Jersey became the third state to ratify the Constitution In 1892 Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker Suite publicly premiered in St Petersburg Russia In 1940 Adolf Hitler signed a secret directive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union Operation Barbarossa was launched in June In 1944 in a pair of rulings the Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of JapaneseAmer icans but also said undeniably loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry could not be detained In 1969 Britains Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder In 1971 the Reverend Jesse Jackson announced in Chicago the founding of Operation PUSH People United to Save In 1972 the United States began its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam at that time during the Vietnam War The bombardment ended 12 days In 1980 former Soviet Premier Alexei N Kosy gin died at age 76 NFL dips into pockets of players showboating after touchdowns The National Football League fined players for showboating after touch downs Sunday The endzone antics started ear ly in the day when President Bush spiked the nuclear foot ball on the news of Saddam Husseins capture Saddam Hussein was shown in captivity on every front page in America Tuesday and he was the picture of defeat Its a turning point Intelli gence experts agree mat the capture of Saddam was a huge victory in the war on Howard Dean Saddam was vilified by Arabs Tuesday for his refusal to die fighting troops last weekend The dictator came out with his hands up with no thought of putting up a struggle He knows weve got the flu and were not afraid to use it The White House said Monday Saddam must be tried in Iraq in front of the entire world The trial will be televised President Bush knows he can slip back into the White House for a second term if he can keep the comedians distracted President Bushtold Diane Sawyer Tues day it doesnt matter if Saddam actually had weapons of mass destruction Thats spilt milk The problem now is that after knocking over Iraq Syria and Iran present him with the seven10 split Howard Dean said Monday the first thing he will do as president is name Bill Clinton envoy to the Middle East A lot of good he will do with Israel Bill Clinton couldnt even stop Hillary from building a wall down the middle of their bed Colin Powell was working Tuesday from his hospital bed the morning after his prostate surgery He didnt get a lot of sym pathy Don Rumsfeld said as long as he has to be in diapers for a few weeks would he ARGUS HAMILTON Argils Hamiltons daily column of jokes on the news is carried in more tlian 100 newspapers across the United States and is also read and heard by millions on the Internet He can be reached him by email atArgusJokes@aol.com mind playing 2004 at the New Years party Homeland Security warned that the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Los Angeles is not secure Thats the way it goes in Hollywood NO matter how well estab lished you are theres always a younger and prettier laboratory waiting to take your place Rush Limbaugh ripped Florida officials for seizing his medical files People are lin ing up for his criticism Donovan McNabb has won nine straight games for the Phila delphia Eagles sinceLimbaugh said McNabb only got the job because hes black Yellowstone Park got a judge Monday to ban all snowmobiles in three years to pre serve its natural privacy The administra tion opposed the ban for political reasons The woods are the last breeding ground for the vanishing Southern Democrat Strom Thurmond was acknowledged Monday as father of a mixedrace daughter by a secret affair he had with his familys maid 80 years ago in South Carolina Many people were shocked by the news It destroys the myth perpetrated by the Yankee press for 100 years that blacks and whites dont get along in the South Joe Lieberman gained votes in the South after Saddams capture He is a perfect fit for the region When Lieberman refuses to work on Saturday for religious reasons Southerners take it as a sign of respect for college football LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 wprds or fewer The HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a photo Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed 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