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Keeping Up With the Surge

Posted on Apr 5, 2007

In an effort to meet the demands of the administration, Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to send 12,000 National Guard troops to Iraq, according to a report from NBC News. In other news, the Pentagon said Monday that roughly 4,500 troops would soon redeploy without getting their full year off.


New orders awaiting the signature of Defense Secretary Robert Gates will put 12,000 National Guard troops on alert to prepare to deploy to Iraq, the report said.

Four Guard combat brigades from units in four states would be involved in the involuntary mobilization, NBC said.

[...] More than four years into the U.S.-led war in Iraq, the U.S. military shows increasing signs of strain.

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By DennisD, April 6, 2007 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment
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Gates wouldn’t be in this pathetic administration if he weren’t another Bu$h hand puppet. The National Guard certainly had a whole different meaning when George “served” his country, believe me, I mean that as sarcastically as possible. What a difference 35 to 40 years makes. What a true f**kin patriot. Five “D” for deferment Cheney is another proud example of sacrifice and leadership. Who the hell voted for these phonies. Oh yeh, the Supreme Court and Diebold were all they needed.
Congress - pay attention - it’s up to you to stop the inmates from running the Potomac asylum further into the ground.

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By Quy Tran, April 6, 2007 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment
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The new butcher needs more new lives for his slaughterhouse !

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By Roy Eidelson, April 6, 2007 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

A few additional thoughts. The Bush administration promoted the misguided and destructive war in Iraq by targeting five core concerns that often govern our lives—concerns about vulnerability, injustice, distrust, superiority, and helplessness. Looking ahead, the continued occupation of Iraq—or an attack on Iran—will likely be sold to us in much the same way. I examine these warmongering appeals—and how to counter them—in a new 10-minute YouTube video entitled “Resisting the Drums of War” available for viewing at

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By Kol Klink, April 6, 2007 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
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My hopes have recently been buoyed somewhat by members of the Senate making noises as if they are ready to pull tight the purse strings on the debacle in Iraq.
If the Senate doesnt act, perhaps China, Japan, and the rest of the countries holding our questionable IOUs will do their job for them.
There are many ways to clean a fish.

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By mura, April 6, 2007 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
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Ending this unsuccessful war would be the right decision now, not to send 12,000 more national guards troops to Iraq! Bush has disappointed the majority of Americans through his conduct of war, as it has proven to be an utter failure. Further, Bush continues to keep the Millennium Development Goals on the backburner. Back in 2000, 191 world leaders agreed upon a time-frame to eradicate global poverty by 2025. Bush’s actions prove that the lives lost everday from war and poverty are not his top concern

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By susie, April 6, 2007 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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Over $300 billion has gone towards Iraq and countless lives have been lost and yet we are still far from any sort of resolution. While it is debatable what the next step should be, it is clear that we need to remind our administration that while they have been focused on Iraq, millions of people are starving everyday. The Millennium Goals were set to eliminate world hunger and according to the Borgen Project this can be achieved with $19 billion annually. How about instead of sending additional troops we do something to actually save some lives?

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By Margaret Currey, April 6, 2007 at 8:13 am Link to this comment
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This war will now kill more soldiers, the national guard was designed to protect the nation on American soil, now they are being deployed at a rate of what America expects of an Army/Navy/Air Force regulars, how long can this go on?

Is the administrations thinking that these people are expendable because they are not college bound?

Mad as a wet hen from Washington State

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By TAO Walker, April 5, 2007 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

The other night this Indian watched the NY Mets humiliate the “world champion” StL Cardinals for the third game in-a-row.  By the end of the seventh inning what was written all over the Cards’ faces was something like:  “Lets get this disaster over with so we can shut-off the lights and go home.”

There must be some generals in the Pentagon who are feeling pretty much like that right now, as another wannabe world empire throws-away the flower of its young people in a feckless and futile adventure in the cradle of civilization….soon, because what goes around really does come around, to be its grave, as well.  Way back when, some of us tried to tell those of our sisters and brothers eagerly leaping aboard the already doomed-to-destruction contraption that it had no brakes. 

Now the lunatics in the cab are shoveling 12,000 more warm bodies into the firebox of Mars’ own self-esteem engine….and that’s just for starters.  The real big bettors mean to go “full speed ahead” all the way to the dead-end of the line.


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