Thursday :: Apr 10, 2008

Again and Again and Again

by Turkana

It's official. According to the New York Times:

President Bush on Thursday ordered an indefinite halt in U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq after July, embracing the key recommendations of his top war commander. Bush said that Gen. David Petraeus will ''have all the time he needs'' to consider when more American forces could return home.

Bush's decisions virtually guarantees a major U.S. presence in Iraq throughout his term in office in January, when a new president takes office.

In another major decision, the president announced he will seek to relieve the heavy strain on the Army by reducing the length of combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan to 12 months, down from the current level of 15 months. He said the change would take effect on Aug. 1, and would affect U.S. forces already deployed on the front lines.

Of course, those 15 month tours had been imposed, just a year ago, by the Bush Administration. So, returning to the normal 12 month tours is only a lessening of the abuse suffered by our military personnel at the hands of the Bush Administration. And the real problem won't even be discussed. As another New York Times article explained, last week:

Army leaders are expressing increased alarm about the mental health of soldiers who would be sent back to the front again and again under plans that call for troop numbers to be sustained at high levels in Iraq for this year and beyond.

Among combat troops sent to Iraq for the third or fourth time, more than one in four show signs of anxiety, depression or acute stress, according to an official Army survey of soldiers’ mental health.

It's great that the length of the tours are being decreased back to the normal 12 months, but the real problem is that the service personnel keep getting sent back. Again. And again. And again. By chickenhawk false patriots who use these brave men and women as cannon fodder, sacrificed to the egos, ambitions, and greed of those who would never dream of even placing at risk anyone or anything they love.

So, the length of the tours are being reduced back to normal, but the number of tours will remain indefinite, while the people actually serving will continue to suffer, and our nation's military readiness continues to collapse. And the real reason for the endless tours is this, from another New York Times article:

The recommendation by the top American commander in Iraq to suspend troop reductions reflects a bleak assessment that Iraqi forces remain unprepared to take over the mission of securing their own nation, senior administration and military officials said Wednesday.

As if there had been any doubt. According to the Associated Press, we've now spent at least $22,000,000,000 to train that Iraqi military. Just more money burned for more lives wasted. It doesn't get any better, it just goes on and on and on.

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