Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Pentagon Wants To Extend Duty Of Every Soldier Already Deployed In Iraq/Afghanistan

And if Bush gets his way, the "surge" will be extended until at least the end of the year. From ABC News:

April 10, 2007 — ABC News has learned that the Pentagon is considering extending the tours of duty for every active duty soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Forget small extensions and trickles of National Guard troops. Under the proposal, deployments for active duty soldiers would be extended from the current 12 months to 15 months. Senior Defense Department officials say the idea has already been presented to Defense Secretary Gates. A decision is expected as early as this week.


The stress on the Army has been compounded by the surge of additional forces the president announced in January, a surge Iraq commander David Petreaus wants to extend. Senior officials tell ABC News there is now consensus at the Pentagon and the White House that Petreaus is right. The surge needs to be extended, until at least the end of the year.

Defense officials say extending the surge is simply impossible to do without either extending the tours of those troops already there, or dramatically cutting the time soldiers spend back home.

The Army is proposing an across-the-board extension in part because it is considered to be fairer than imposing piecemeal extensions on individual units. It will also erase uncertainty: Soldiers will know ahead of time how long they'll be in Iraq.

You know that the boys and girls in the administration knew right from the beginning that the surge of additional troops was going to be in Iraq until at least the end of the year. But now they'll say they're just following Petraeus' recommendations and anybody who doesn't agree with the policy is against the troops.

No matter what the preznut and his henchmen say, you'll notice how these duty extensions, if they come through, will have nothing to do with Democrats in Congress.

The only people against the troops are those in the administration and their dwindling body of apologists.

(Tip of the Hat to Mike at Crest)

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