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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:06 AM
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US commander raises possibility of another troop increase in Iraq
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 08:07 AM by NNN0LHI
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/2004...

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The top United States commander in the Middle East suggested he was likely to ask for another extension in the current troop levels in Iraq (news - web sites), now at 135,000, and might even ask for more troops beyond that.


The New York Times said Saturday Central Command head General John Abizaid had made clear in an interview that the security situation was liable to worsen as the June 30 deadline for handing over sovereignty to Iraq approached.


The general cited the likelihood of new insurgent attacks against American troops and expressed doubt about the current reliability of Iraqi security forces, the report said.


The Pentagon (news - web sites) has already extended by 90 days the tours of 20,000 soldiers in Iraq and offered to find new troops to keep the deployment at 135,000, if the military deems it necessary.

more...Come on all you young Republicans. Get your ass down to the local recruiter pronto. You punks wouldn't happen to be scared now would you?

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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:12 AM
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1. Yes, young Pubs! You wouldn't want to be seen as a
shirker, right?

And those coffin photos? Don't worry- they're all from the shuttle disaster!
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:18 AM
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2. Only IF the "commanders ont he ground" ask for them
The are probably finding a 2LT to ask and when he says "No" they won't have to send anymore. :eyes:

Shinseki is STILL right.
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Wright Patman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:18 AM
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3. That won't be necessary
I read that the reenlistments are coming in at a higher level than expected. Is that a lie? Probably, since only the Pentagon knew what the predicted retention rate was and it is probably pulled out of some desk jockey's posterior. All the bonus payments are probably helping, especially in an uncertain economy.

Of course, I don't think most of the servicepeople in right now could get out even if they wanted to because of 'stop-loss' orders.

No, I see us keeping the same size military, with the 'op tempo' ratcheted up near the speed of light. These folks are going to be living the rest of their adult lives in Iraq.

I am certain new mercenaries are being recruited to deal with some of this problem, which just means the cost to taxpayers will be a bit higher.

However, what the MIC absolutely cannot allow to happen is for any of its money to be diverted from boondoggle weapons systems over to support of ground operations. No politician who receives big bucks from the MIC contributors will allow this either. The mantra 'support the troops' is rhetoric and will be limited to USO shows and the like.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:19 AM
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4. You are right Don! Here are two that should be first in line...
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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:05 AM
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5. Duplicate, please discuss here
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