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.