Military overburdened in Iraq, Afghanistan: Obama

US leader says troops are doing many things that are more apt for civilians.

Racine: President Barack Obama says US troops are carrying too much of the burden in Iraq and Afghanistan and doing too many things that are more appropriate for civilians, such as building schools and setting up justice systems.

Obama says the problem is that the US doesn`t have a civilian effort as large as the military.

He wants to change that by building up a "civilian expeditionary force" that can go into an area once the US military deems it safe to do the work of building roads, bridges and schools and setting up civil societies.

Obama said that`s one reason he`s increased military pay while holding the line on domestic spending.

Obama commented on Wednesday during a town hall meeting.

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