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Posted on Oct 24, 2006

Gen. George W. Casey announced that he is considering sending more U.S. troops to Iraq in order to help quell the violence. This is a major reversal of the military withdrawal that started last December. The reductions stopped in June when the violence in Baghdad showed no signs of abatement.

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    America’s top general in Iraq said today that he was considering sending more troops to help quell the violence raging in Baghdad, as he and the United States ambassador to Iraq laid out a timetable for progress that they said has been agreed to by the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

    The ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the timetable would include settling political differences between the country’s competing groups through a “national compact” within the next year, and taking quick action on some of the country’s most obdurate issues, including cracking down on Shiite militias, persuading Sunni Arab insurgents to lay down their arms and reaching agreement on a fair division of oil revenues.

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    By brian Wallace, October 24, 2006 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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    I hate to break the news to you Nina but several months ago the military lowered the requirements for enlistment. They lowered the I.Q. standards. They changed policy on felons and criminal records and started a back door draft with No Child Left Behind. I am a Vietnam veteran and I would not want to count on what they are taking into the military today. If I were still in, and I was for five years. The draft was a way to use the poor and middle clases to protect America with no thanks given. The reason our military is lacking in personnel is because without a draft we are able to decide for ourselves what justifies our dying. And it is not Iraq as it was not Vietnam. Show me a real threat, not political bull and teror tactics to frighten America to lay down the Constitution, the Geneva Conventions and engage in torture. The so-called enemy does not have to attack us they just have to wait until mass hysteria allows our government to destroy who and what we are and become that which we claim to be fighting against.

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    By Nina M. Reynolds, October 24, 2006 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment
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    My sister is currently a Colonel in the army proudly serving her country in Iraq. My son served his country as a U.S. Marine. I have two brothers who served as U.S. Marine’s and my Father was an MP in the U.S. Army. I think our country needs to re-inforce the draft. Our military forces are in need of more people. Today our military forces are more polished and select via our government forces qualifications to enlist. There’s so many carefree citizens who end up serving jail time instead of our country as we responsible citizens give up our freedom to make it easier for our unresponsible citizens to have freedom. We have a tiger by the tail in Iraq and also in the U.S.A., wake up America.

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    By Anna Daniher, October 24, 2006 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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    More troops, bring the troops home. It’s time that people sit down and talk , whether they like each other or not, and decide on a way to deal with Iraq. People are DYING EVERYDAY while everyone from the President on down decide on a PLAN. Fact is everybody involved hates everybody else and nothing gets accomplished. Your in fighting and bickering are selfish and serve no purpose. Your stupidity and arrogance is intolerable. It’s time to bring our people home and you can all fight ‘til you drop. You are not the ones we care about!

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    By Anna Daniher, October 24, 2006 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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    More troops, bring the troops home. It’s time that people sit down and talk , whether they like each other or not, and decide on a way to deal with Iraq. People are DYING EVERYDAY while everyone from the President on down decide on a PLAN. Fact is everybody involved hates everybody else and nothing gets accomplished. Your in fighting and bickering are selfish and serve no purpose. Your stupidity and arrogance is intolerable. It’s time to bring our people home and you can all fight ‘til you drop. You are not the ones we give a damn about!!

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    By OCPatriot, October 24, 2006 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment
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    Send in more troops?  I think we’re heading for a “draft”, because we’re seriously overloaded and stretched thin now.  General Casey’s also going in the opposite direction of the “traitors”. 

    I’m ashamed but we have to call Rumsfeld and now Bush a “traitor” along with Murtha and the Generals who advocate getting us out of Iraq,  Never thought he’d say we have to turn it all over to the Iraqis themselves before they were ready.  I guess he finally threw in the towel.  Old “cut and run” Rumsfeld.  No “stay the course” for our President; never been; he says it with a straight face or a smirk?  What a pity!

    If only Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld would “stay the course” and let our troops “stand down as the Iraquis stand up”, everything would be OK.  But, no, they’ve turned into the kind of “traitors” the dissenting generals were, and Murtha, and even Jim Baker and Kerry and Hillary seem to be.  Our government is now being run by “traitors” who want to change what we’re doing and cave into the defeat of our troops.  Of course, to keep doing what we’ve been doing requires even more troops, and that requires a ... dare I say it? ... “draft”; but anything to defeat these Iraqui terrorists in this “war on terror,” right?

    First James Baker, then a couple of Senators like Warner and Hagel, then the leak that old Father Bush hands are in dismay over the direction of the war in Iraq. Theyre pumping up a campaign to change course and do exactly what Murtha has been calling for, only none of them is being called a traitor or a member of the cut and run group, as Murtha and others were. But thats exactly what theyre proposing.  Now, in effect, Will joins them.

    Just watch as Bush himself starts to back-pedal, saying maybe if something isn’t working, we ought to change it.  He says, “We’ll change tactics not strategy.”  A play on a words is what that is. With that, “cut and run” suddenly goes down the drain.  Bush just said, on ABC, “We’ve never been ‘stay the course’.”  He actually said it.  Here’s the website

    http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/story?id=2594541&page=2

    He said it aloud.  No “traitors” here anymore, even Bush when he says he’ll consider what Baker and his committee want to propose.  I call them all “traitors” because I grieve for the good men and women already killed, and the others who still will be killed, while this timetable and withdrawal change occurs.

    More killing, as Andy Rooney said on TV last night, “For what, Mr. President?  Will you please answer the question.”

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