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Thursday, July 27, 2006

IRAQ: US MAY INCREASE IRAQ FORCE BY DELAYING DEPARTURES

WASHINGTON (Reuters)---The US military, faced with unrelenting violence in Baghdad, is expected to delay the departure of about 4,000 troops due to leave Iraq in the coming days in order to boost the size of the U.S. force, officials said Wednesday.

In a sign that any significant cut in the 130,000-strong U.S. forces in Iraq is unlikely soon, officials also said there are no plans to drop below the current level of 15 combat brigades this fall, as had previously been discussed.

***What? Was all of the talk by the Republicans about a drawdown of our troops only discussed to bring up Bush's polls? If things in Iraq were getting better, this wouldn't be happening! If you think morale was bad before these 4,000 troops thought that they were going to be leaving, just wait! When is this administration and their Republican cronies going to quit kicking our troops in the face?

The military, as it has done periodically during the 3-year-old war, would temporarily increase the size of the U.S. force by extending the overlap between newly arriving units and those leaving.

***How many tours are our troops going to have to do before they can leave the military? Aren't some of them working on their 3rd and 4th tours already? How is this going to effect their minds and for that matter society when they do return home? I hope like hell that they aren't going to be labeled for the rest of their lives like the Vietnam veterans have been!

A defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions, said at least 200 troops from the Alaska-based 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, operating primarily in the Mosul area in northern Iraq, already had left Iraq after a yearlong deployment.

But the remaining 3,700 troops are expected to have their departure delayed, the officials said. Officials could not say how long they will remain, but typically these delays have lasted a few weeks to a couple of months.

President George W. Bush said on Tuesday at a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that more U.S. troops and Iraqi troops would be deployed in Baghdad from other parts of Iraq to try to curb sectarian violence in the capital amid concern that the country is sliding toward civil war.

***And as usual, while troops are taken from other provinces and put into Baghdad, the insurgents leave Baghdad and put the rest of the country in turmoil. This has been happening for 3 years already. So sending more troops to Baghdad isn't going to help this situation, it's only going to make it worse! Let's face it, Bush and the Republicans blew it!


Pentagon Policy

Pentagon policy is for Army units to serve 12-month tours in Iraq and Marine Corps units to serve seven-month tours.

But at key times in war---for example, during Iraqi elections in 2005 and during the return of sovereignty in 2004-the Pentagon has delayed the departure of thousands of troops to beef up American troop presence temporarily.

***So what's the excuse now, that the war has gone terribly wrong?

Officials said that commanders in Iraq also were looking at shifting some troops from other parts of Iraq into Baghdad. In addition, 400 soldiers who had been held in reserve have been brought into the country, they said.

***Who are they trying to B.S.?

Another defense official said the idea would be to create "a momentary overlap of a t least a brigade"---meaning roughly 3,500 troops. Another official said the increase might be "from the low 3,000s to the high 4,000s."

***Makes you wonder when the draft is going to start!

A third defense official said there was concern over keeping troops, facing stress and peril, longer than they had expected. "It's always painful to try to tell a unit they are staying longer than they were supposed to stay," this official said.

***Bush and the Republicans continue to tell us how good things are going in Iraq. Then why are all of these troops needed? It common sense people, you can't believe a word that the Republicans have to say!

Opinion polls show eroding U.S. public support for the war and Bush's handling of it as congressional election approach in November. The U.S. military death toll in the war, which began in March 2003, stood at 2,565 on Wednesday, with 19, 157 wounded, the Pentagon said.

Army Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, last month expressed confidence that the military would be able to cut the size of the U.S. force there over the rest of the year. Defense officials months ago had said one option was to drop about 10,000 troops.

***I guess Bush and the Republicans blew this with all of their foreign policy disasters!

But Bush, Casey and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have emphasized that reductions in the U.S. force depended on the security situation situation in Iraq and the development of U.S.-trained Iraqi government security forces.

***Then we'll never get out of Iraq! With civil war spreading across the country of Iraq, the U.S. trained Iraqi government security forces are already turning sectarian along with the Iraqi Police force. They have come to the point of protecting their own. The Sunnis don't believe that the Shiites will protect their people and visa-versa. It's called survival. And when our troops leave other areas to go to Baghdad, the rest of Iraq will fall into civil war. How stupid is this plan?


Reuters
Will Dunham
July 26, 2006
*Additional reporting by Kristin Roberts

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