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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:47 PM
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Navy and Air Force Troops to be used for infantry duties in Iraq
Appearing with Casey at a news conference, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he and other senior Pentagon officials are still studying how the military might keep up the current pace of Iraq deployments without overtaxing the Army and Marine Corps, which have borne the brunt of the conflict. Rumsfeld said one option is to make more use of the Air Force and Navy for work that normally is done by soldiers and Marines.

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http://www.yorkdispatch.com/nationworld/ci_4481096
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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:49 PM
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1. Navy - Water, Air Force - Sky
Does Rummy need a sign or something to remind him of that?
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:49 PM
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2. They've been doing that for a couple of years now
MOS means nothing anymore.

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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:53 PM
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3. That sounds like a recipe for total disaster.
There are damned good reasons for specialization. x(
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:57 PM
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4.  RUMSFELD: "Oh, come on. People are fungible. "
"You can have them here or there."

(From April, 2004)

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0404/15/lol.04.h...



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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:58 PM
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5. As a former marine aircraft mechanic,
I wonder if the have taken all army and Marine wrench flippers/desk jockeys and put them on the front lines already.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:04 PM
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7. Hey! So was I.
VMF(AW)-542 plane captain.

Eat the apple and fuck the corps!
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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:29 PM
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11. VMFA 212 Hydraulics,
out for twenty years and still pumping oil for a living.
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leeroysphitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:04 PM
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8. From what I've read many rear echelon types do go out on patrols
but I think they still leave most of the real heavy lifting to those with the proper training. I'm keeping my fingers crossed about that. Deliberately putting service men and women into combat without the proper training is an unconscionable breach of trust.
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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:30 PM
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12. Yeh, I can shoot with the best,
but ground tactics are french to me.
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INdemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:00 PM
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6. This would be sending them to be slaughtered..
Rumsfeld is not that stupid is he? Navy and Air Force personnel certainly dont have the necessary training to attempt such a task..Surely the Sec of the Navy and Sec of the Air Force will step in and say no way ..and Congress needs to step in and step up and say no
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:06 PM
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9. disgusting, everything about republican abuse of power is dusgusting...
x(
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:38 PM
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10. I feel a draft.
Warmongering traitors.
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:40 PM
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13. My nephew, who is in AF Security, is going to Baghdad soon
He going to be escorting convoys. My sister and I are EXTREMELY worried. He's been to Iraq before, but he was in a safer area, and was just guarding the flightlines at USAF airbases. This time it looks to be a whole lot more dangerous. His term of enlistment is up next June.
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:50 PM
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14. But, but, but...I thought it was announced recently that the Army
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 10:51 PM by Texas Explorer
had not only met their recruiting goals, but exceeding them and set a record?

I guess that was a lie.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 06:36 AM
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15. They met their goals by lowering their standards.
They'd rather have smart Navy guys who don't know what they're doing, than stupid Moron Corps army guys who have been trained to the limit of their intelligence.

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