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Stretched Military Extends Tours to Keep Surge Going

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Posted on Apr 11, 2007
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A U.S. soldier stands guard on a rooftop last December as an Apache helicopter passes overhead in New Baghdad, an eastern neighborhood in the Iraqi capital.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is likely to extend the tours of duty of some 100,000 soldiers currently deployed in Iraq by three months. The new policy would enable the surge to last for a year.

Sen. John Kerry blasted the plan: “This Administration keeps asking our troops for more—do more without the right equipment, spend more time on deployment even as our generals say there is no military solution to the war in Iraq.”


Washington Post:

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced this afternoon that all active-duty Army soldiers currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan could serve extended tours of up to 15 months in combat, meaning more than 100,000 troops now at war probably will be kept overseas three months longer than their expected one-year deployments.

The new Pentagon policy also means that tens of thousands of Army troops headed to Iraq and Afghanistan in coming months likely will serve tours 25 percent longer than the one-year tours the Army has had in place for the two conflicts over the past five years.

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By ShockandAwe, April 12, 2007 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

It’s important to realize that with an all-volunteer Army, you get a lot of careerism. Why aren’t more senior-ranking servicemembers speaking out?

Career soldiers actually place their love of their career above their love of country.

It’s a fact that has been re-enforced throughout history.

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By GW=MCHammered, April 12, 2007 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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I see on the news some soldiers testifying how they’d serve in Iraq over-n-over for all the good we’re doing - don’t know where they’re fighting or what they’re seeing but this is what I hear from one battlefront (paraphrased):

‘I don’t care what happens to Iraq. I want us out. It’s disgusting our sacrifice. What a waste.’

Mister War Czar, tear down this War!

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By ShockandAwe, April 12, 2007 at 9:34 am Link to this comment

Being in Baghdad, this news was expected, but still unwelcome.

There is definitely grumbling within the ranks.

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By TC, April 12, 2007 at 6:47 am Link to this comment

Dimslow Junior won’t be going anywhere soon:

They’re coming after John Doe Dimslow Junior at school. Now with the deaths of Iraqi guerillas and civilians and U.S. soldiers and private mercenaries mounting every day, U.S. military recruiters are having trouble recruiting soldiers into the “all-volunteer” forces. So they have to make it more and more a mercenary military of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine troops to go along with the private mercenaries. They have to offer cash to kill: “$20,000 bonus for enlisting, $9,000 more if enlistees ship out in the next 30 days, and even better, $70,000 for college.”

The big bucks tempted J Junior so much that he gave the recruiters the a-okay to come over to our home for a home visit. Except he never cleared it with Daddy-O, one John Doe Dimslow….

http://apragmaticpolicy.wordpress.com/2007/04/10/the-dimslow-report-warhawk-guns-for-hire/

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By Donovan, April 12, 2007 at 3:07 am Link to this comment
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People are an expendable, unlimited resource in the military.  The “leaders” think that extending tours of duty is an option/solution.  If one ever has to resort to making someone work more, then the best plan is not being used.

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By Louise, April 11, 2007 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment
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OK guys and gals, it’s time to lay your weapons down and start walking home!

Pretty obvious no-one in DC’s going to lift a finger to help you clean up the mess THEY CREATED and STUCK YOU IN!

And I’ve changed my mind. (again) I don’t think those politicians have a memory problem. I think maybe they ARE stupid!

I remember Nancy Palosi saying a few years back, she didn’t think president Bush would send our troops into harms way unless it was absolutely necessary.

Hello Nancy ... are you there? If you and the other dems in DC allow this INSANITY to go on, YOU ARE DOING THE SAME THING!

Why on earth do you want to own Bush’s war?

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By Quy Tran, April 11, 2007 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment
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The new butcher with new policy to ill-treat our troops in his HELL !

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By Steve Hammons, April 11, 2007 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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We seem to be getting closer and closer to more calls for a new military draft in the US.

College students, high schoolers and parents beware: Bush-Cheney and their cronies want more warm bodies.

They are breaking the active duty and reserve components of the Army. For more on this see:

“Another view of military waivers: Flexible recruiting avoids draft”

PopulistAmerica.com  
February 17, 2007

http://www.populistamerica.com/another_view_of_military_waivers

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“Military Draft Needed for War With Iran and Syria?”

PopulistAmerica.com
September 28, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/military_draft_needed_for_war_with_iran_and_syria

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“Revisiting the Vietnam War era: The draft, casualties and the Kent State shootings”

PopulistAmerica.com
November 19, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/revisiting_the_vietnam_war_era

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By Rodney, April 11, 2007 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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If you ever want to get screwed without having sex, join the military. Again no sacrifice from anyone this nation but the military and their families. No taxes raised to pay for the war,no draft to share the pain among the rich and poor. We won’t even give up our gas guzzlers in order to save oil. Instead we send the same men and women to the same wars over and over again leaving with with permenent physical and emotional injuries. Bush does not care. He has no shame. Friends and cronies are making billions from his wars and all he does is send and extent the troops to keep the war profiteering machine running. No one really protests anymore because the war does not effect them,That’s exactly how they planned it. We one day will realize that George Bush has stolen and sold the moral soul of this nation in order to enrich his cronies.

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By Rodney, April 11, 2007 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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If you ever want to get screwed without having sex, join the military. Again no sacrifice from anyone this nation but the military and their families. No taxes raised to pay for the war,no draft to share the pain among the rich and poor. We won’t even give up our gas guzzlers in order to save oil. Instead we send the same men and women to the same wars over and over again leaving with with permenent physical and emotional injuries. Bush does not care. He has no shame. Friends and cronies are making billions from his wars and all he does is send and extent the troops to keep the war profiteering machine running. No one really protests anymore because the war does not effect them,That’s exactly how they planned it. We one day will realize that George Bush has stolen and sold the moral soul of this nation in order to enrich his cronies.

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