U.S. In Iraq Until 2010?

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The top officer of the Army, chief of staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, has announced that there are plans to keep the current level of troops in Iraq, about fifteen brigades, the same through 2010. He was quick to point out that the plan doesn't mean things are going poorly but that he has to "have enough ammo in the magazine that I can continue to shoot as long as they want us to shoot." Given the current morale level of our forces and the dropping standards for admission into the Army (reported here at bsalert), let us hope that the magazine isn't full of blanks.

The Army has been under a lot of strain lately--two brigades have had their deployments extended, budget concerns forced Gen. Schoomaker to withhold a required budget request, U.S. casualties are spiking, and domestic support for the war is tanking. Although the plan's existence doesn't mean we will be there until 2010 (odds, anyone?), it is yet another sign of the criminal lack of post-invasion planning.

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Posted by wizeGurl on 2006-10-11 12:38:23
Thank goodness we still have enough soldiers, resources, and money to invade Iran and North Korea on top of this. Really, what fun is a war unless you have three fronts? The Germans and Napoleon both made their big mistake by stopping at two, invading Russia while they were still at war with England.
 

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