Marine Corps ‘can’t maintain [a] surge’ in troop levels.

At a press breakfast yesterday, Marine commandant Gen. James Conway said that any decision to increase the number of Marines in Iraq — currently around 23,000 — would have “long-term repercussions.” “The payback is you can’t maintain that surge,” Conway said. “’And it’s probably going to have an adverse impact’ on the ability to provide ready troops in the future.”