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They Lie About Everything: Troop Redeployment Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 1, 2007

You know how Bush and his enablers keep saying that they plan to send “only” 21,500 additional troops into Iraq for their “surge” (aka escalation)?

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the real number will be at least 35,000 and possibly as high as 48,000.

Which is why it’s not at all a surprise to see this diary by a serviceman in Iraq over at DailyKos:

I don’t know how I will tell my wife

by soonergrunt
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Thu Feb 01, 2007 at 10:26:38 AM PST From the diaries, with minor edits. This is why we have to end this war. mcjoan

I know my wife hasn’t seen the following headline yet, or there’d be one hell of an angry, angst-ridden email in my inbox: Oklahoma National Guard to Deploy to Iraq in 2008

It seems that my brigade has been given a warning order to prepare to deploy to Iraq in 2008, about six months after I get home.

I don’t know if it’s the full brigade, or just the parts that haven’t deployed recently, but with the new change in army policy, I could conceivably go home this summer and turn around next January and go to Iraq.

Lovely. Just fucking lovely.

[…]

Now, I don’t want anyone to think that I disrespect my Adjutant General. I’ve met him personally, and he’s a good man. He takes care of business, so I’ve no doubt that he’ll take care of us as best he can.

Having said that, if I am going to Iraq, and I haven’t heard for sure yet–no one has handed me orders, or looked me in the eye and said “you, ‘soonergrunt’ are going,” I’d rather just stay on active duty rather than have my employer try to put me to work for six months and then find ANOTHER replacement for me.

I will not volunteer for this mission, but if ordered to go, I will go. I know that there are those out there who would have me go AWOL or refuse to deploy.

I cannot do that. I owe too much to these young men whom I promised I would lead and protect. I do not believe that all war is wrong, so I cannot honestly petition to be a conscientious objector. I also do not believe that just because I hate the president I have to right to refuse to live up to my oath. I’m not a conservative, after all. I have a family to feed, and soldiers to take care of. I can do neither from prison.

I just hope that neither I nor one of my men are the last to die for a mistake.

Lovely. Just fucking lovely.

I wish I could say that I was surprised at all this.

UPDATE:  And meanwhile, we have General Casey saying this in front of the Senate:

The top U.S. commander in Iraq told a Senate panel Thursday that he believed it would take fewer than half as many extra troops to improve security in Baghdad as President George W. Bush chose to commit.Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be Army chief of staff, Gen. George Casey said he had asked for two additional Army brigades, based on recommendations of his subordinate commanders. Bush announced January 10 that he would send five extra brigades as part of a buildup that would total 21,500 soldiers and Marines.

Asked by Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia, why he had not requested the full five extra brigades that Bush is sending, Casey said, “I did not want to bring one more American soldier into Iraq than was necessary to accomplish the mission.”

With many in Congress opposing or skeptical of Bush’s troop buildup, Casey did not say he opposed the president’s decision. He said the full complement of five brigades would give U.S. commanders in Iraq additional, useful flexibility.

“In my mind, the other three brigades should be called forward after an assessment has been made on the ground” about whether they are needed to ensure success in Baghdad, Casey said later.

Even so, Casey’s comments seemed put distance between his views and those of Bush and some lawmakers like Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who have questioned whether Bush’s troop increase will be enough.

Hoo boy.

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