Thompson: Military Stretched Thin

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson makes a campaign stop in Greenville, S.C., last month. (AP)

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson argued today for increased military spending.

Campaigning in Iowa, the former U.S. senator from Tennessee said soldiers fighting in Iraq need better equipment and effective leaders.

Meeting later with reporters, Thompson said the U.S. had initially misjudged the war.

He said the U.S. did not anticipate what would be confronted, and lacked the troops and equipment that was needed.

Thompson blamed some of that on reductions in military spending that accompanied the end of the Cold War.

As a result, he said U.S. military is stretched thin and a lot of equipment is worn out.

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