Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Four More Years!

No, this isn’t a political rallying cry or a re-election slogan. It’s how long the Army expects to remain quagmired in Iraq.

General Peter Schoomaker has said our current troop level is expected to remain in Iraq through 2009. Right now we have about 138,000 troops over there.

The Bush administration has been hinting that troop levels might be reduced, depending on the progress of the Iraqi constitution and future elections. Then again, these are the same people who were yelling “Mission Accomplished” 2½ years ago, and “don’t worry, it’ll be a cakewalk” before that.

Schoomaker didn’t mention anything about Bush’s speculations, but said he was confident the Army could provide the necessary troop levels to keep fighting the Iraqi insurgency for many more years. Hmmm… Operation Yellow Elephant comes to mind…Again. Come on, all you armchair patriots. Time to quit hiding behind your flag decals and yellow ribbons. Your country needs you. Call your recruiter.

Schoomaker said “We’re staying 18 months to 2 years ahead of ourselves” in planning which active-duty, National Guard and Reserve units will be needed. The National Guard has seven combat brigades currently in Iraq.

August has been the deadliest month of the Iraqi war for the National Guard and Reserves; 42 deaths so far this month.

5 Comments:

Blogger Abby Taylor said...

I'm reminded of an image I saw during the first part of the Iraq war, invasion, occupation, whatever the hell it is. The photo was a jeep traveling down an Iraqi street with a large sign stating, "One weekend a month MY ASS."

Sigh.

August 21, 2005 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

Excellent blog, keep it up.
I linked it off mine.
I work for a very large company based in another state and we have lost two people from that state connected to us, one an employee and one the son of an employee.
Very sad time for all Americans..

August 21, 2005 at 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Abby Taylor: Yeah, I think most of us saw through all the slogans and rhetoric from the get-go. And yet It got re-elected. Go figure.

Mive V.: Thanks. I've seen your comments at other sites. I'll link you up.

August 21, 2005 at 10:51 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Since all these Goppers care about is power, I fully expect a dramatic drawdown in 2006.

Now, the question becomes-will we remember the lies? Will we remember who faithfully backed up those lies at every turn?

August 22, 2005 at 3:41 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Jolly Roger: Oh yeah, 2006 will be a doozer. It'll probably make the polarization of the late '60s look like a Leave It To Beaver episode.

August 22, 2005 at 10:40 AM  

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