After 8 years of having their intelligence reports screened so as not to offend the politically correct nonesense coming out of the Clinton White House, our military leadership spent the next 7 years having their advice thrown in their face if it didn't agree with the idiocy of the Rumsfeld coven.
Our military leadership is shell shocked from this. And it doesn't help that some of our higher military leaders are part politicians who would rather please our civilian leaders than speak on absolute truths. But from what I've read from the Pentagon and the field commanders is that we need more troops if we are to continue this fight in theatre. And from what I know of this culture, I agree.