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Posted on Jul 20, 2009
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates responds to a reporter’s question about troop levels in Afghanistan during a press briefing with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Those wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are taking their toll. To cope with rising demand, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he will increase the size of the Army by 22,000 troops for a period of three years. That means there will be 569,000 active-duty soldiers, bringing America’s active-duty armed forces close to 1.5 million.

The U.S. ranks second, between China and India—which each have about four times the American population—in terms of active-duty troops.


The US Army will “temporarily” increase its size by 22,000 soldiers for the next three years, Defence Secretary Robert Gates has announced.

The additional troops are intended to ease the strain of the US’s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr Gates said.

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By Night-Gaunt, July 23, 2009 at 6:47 am Link to this comment

Iraq is an excellent large training ground for urban warfare. (With surreptitious aid from the Israelis who have had 40 years worth of experience.) A country the size of California and they did it with some 433,000 soldiers, 108,000 of them mercenary corporate off the books. No accountability from them so far. The Iraqi gov’t, such as it is, continues to try to get that accountability.

So far the Obama administration is carrying on the procedures of the previous presidents so major change isn’t expected.

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By Folktruther, July 23, 2009 at 12:49 am Link to this comment

This is part of the change that Obama and Gates are persuing, reorienting the military to attack populations rather than wars against major powers.  One of the populations that the US army is training for is the American population.

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By Night-Gaunt, July 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

It will come from anyone who is out of a job, in a dead end part time job, and a full time job that pays little and all such jobs are threatened with being ended. That is where they will come from.

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By Dan, July 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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The big question is this - From where will the new troops come?

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By tomack, July 21, 2009 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

Rodney’s not the only one who shouted to the rafters during Bush and continued with Obama: Get out, get out now!
We don’t belong there. We aren’t needed, wanted, or effective there—just get out now.
Obama MUST orchestrate total withdrawal very soon—like yesterday.

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By Night-Gaunt, July 21, 2009 at 9:05 am Link to this comment

Ah change, what a concept. We need to grow our military even larger, ‘temporarily’ eh? Our gov’t rarely does anything for a short time. And considering the job prospects that number is an under count to the true number who are joining up in droves to escape immanent poverty. If I was in different circumstances so would I even though I abhor all that is going on in foreign policy of this nation. Survival cancels out all other things. I don’t want to be in that situation.

But the coming American Empire needs Christian Storm Troops for the Legions of the Lord to wage the wars to clean the earth and make it ready for the Coming of the Lord of Hosts. [You see in their version JHVH will only return after the earth has been made ready for him and it will be bloody and they have the tools and the talent to do it.]

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By rodney, July 20, 2009 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment
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I said it Bush Ill say it with Obama. End the wars

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By Corinthia, July 20, 2009 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment
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Where are they going to get that 22000 from?  One of the smallest demographics in the US?  Not only are there few people in the correct age group - they know the number of causalities is just a fraction of the seriously wounded (50,000 about) with head wounds who will never be the same personality again, to missing limbs, which they can see with their own eyes, the returning veterans are not invisible. 

They can’t make their recruitment numbers now, how are they going to make a higher number?  Let rapist and murders out of jail if they join?  After all they are already letting in minor criminals, offering illegals - citizenship in exchange for long service, of course if they die or are injured before the time is up, their families are deported…

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By Reubenesque, July 20, 2009 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment

Play it again, Sam.

Order up!  IED fodder to go.

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By idarad, July 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

If you can’t beat ‘em, beat yourself.  Seems this strategy worked well for the Soviets - nyet

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By Christopher fretwell, July 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment
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A poor economy sure comes in handy when your people are fed up with your wars.

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By LostHills, July 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

Hey, I was wrong, and I’ll admit it. Obama does have a plan for putting Americans back to work…..

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