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1 12th August 19:24
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Default With N. Korea knocking on S. Korea's door, the U.S. is struggling to find replacement troops for Iraq.


Who is going to want to join the military after Bush's Iraq fiasco? No one
if they are truthful and in their right mind.

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Posted on Fri, Jul. 18, 2003

U.S. struggling to find replacement troops

By JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is scrambling to find enough fresh troops to begin
an orderly rotation program that would bring home some of the 147,000
soldiers spread thinly across troubled Iraq.

With the new commanding general of U.S. Central Command, Gen. John Abizaid,
confirming what others in the Defense Department had been reluctant to
admit - that United States forces face an increasingly deadly guerrilla
war - the question of relief and rotation for weary GIs moved to the front
burner.

The easiest fix would be for the 14,000 foreign forces, mostly British,
already in Iraq to be augmented by thousands more allied soldiers. But
negotiations to internationalize the occupation have been slow and
difficult.

Defense officials noted the difficulties by citing Hungary's offer to send a
truck battalion with no trucks. Presumably the American military would have
to supply the trucks for the Hungarians to drive.

The need for replacement troops is putting great strain on both the active
and reserve forces already stretched thin meeting obligations in Iraq as
well as in Afghanistan, South Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Sinai - and a
brigade-sized force of up to 5,000 troops expected to be deployed to
peacekeeping duties in Liberia.

With only ten active duty divisions the 480,000-man U.S. Army has been
stretched almost to the breaking point by the Iraq deployments. While
Defense Secretary Donald L. Rumsfeld and his top civilian aides have talked
in the past of chopping another two divisions out of that Army, some in
Congress have begun urging an increase in the active Army by as much as 25
percent.

Outgoing Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, in his retirement speech
last month, warned against loading 12 divisions worth of tasks on a
10-division Army. Last February Shinseki got in trouble with Rumsfeld for
predicting before a Congressional committee that securing postwar Iraq might
require more than 200,000 American soldiers.
Even more stressful have been the unprecedented demands placed on America's
citizen-soldiers, the troops in the 900,000-strong Reserve and National
Guard, over 200,000 of whom are on active duty. Some of them have been
called up for more than a year already, placing great financial strains on
their families and in many cases putting their civilian careers and
businesses in jeopardy.

The likelihood of more Reserve and Guard call-ups for Iraq comes even as
Rumsfeld has ordered an urgent study and the drafting of plans by month's
end for a sweeping restructuring of those part-time forces that would shift
a great deal of the burden back into the active military.

Pentagon officials said Rumsfeld's objective in rebalancing the Reserves and
Guard is to ensure that every time the United States takes action in the
world it does not automatically mean the call-up of large numbers of
Reservists and Guard troops.

After the searing experience of Vietnam, Pentagon officials like former
Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger took pains to guarantee that all of
America would have a stake in future combat operations by putting such
crucially needed units as the military police, air refueling tanker pilots
and civil-military affairs specialists into the Reserve and Guard. Then, the
theory went, almost every community in the nation would have to make a
contribution to any war.

The CentCom commander says he is working to establish a one-year tour of
duty in Iraq and to ensure that those troops who had been there the longest
would be the first to rotate home.

That would be the U.S. Army's 15,000-man 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division,
which spearheaded the 19-day drive to Baghdad. One brigade of that division
has been in Kuwait and Iraq for nearly a year.

Pentagon officials said even more National Guard and Reserve troops may have
to be called up for deployment to Iraq. Elements of the Army's 1st Cavalry
Division at Ft. Hood, Texas, and the 25th Infantry Division based in Hawaii
are likewise under consideration for deployment to Iraq.

Although top Defense Department officials had hoped that the numbers of U.S.
troops required to secure Iraq would be swiftly declining to below 100,000
by now, this has not happened and does appear likely to happen with the
confirmation that mid-level Baath Party die-hards and disgruntled Iraqi
soldiers are organizing and conducting more sophisticated guerrilla
operations against American soldiers.

Perhaps the most telling comment of all this past week came in a photograph
circulating on the Internet which shows an Army truck roaring down a dusty
Iraq road, obviously driven by a disgruntled Reservist, with a placard in
the front window saying: "One weekend a month my a--."

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/6335469.ht
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"From the brief time that we did spend occupying Iraqi territory after the
war, I am certain that had we taken all of Iraq, we would have been like the
dinosaur in the tar pit – we would still be there, and we, not the United
Nations, would be bearing the costs of the occupation. This is a burden I am
sure the beleaguered American taxpayer would not have been happy to take
on."

– Norman Schwarzkopf, from his 1993 autobiography, "It Doesn't Take a Hero."
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You're an idiot.


I think a draft is an excellent idea, about the time some of you armchair
patriots had to send your children to fight one of Bush's phoney wars you
would be crying bloody murder.


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"From the brief time that we did spend occupying Iraqi territory after the
war, I am certain that had we taken all of Iraq, we would have been like the
dinosaur in the tar pit – we would still be there, and we, not the United
Nations, would be bearing the costs of the occupation. This is a burden I am
sure the beleaguered American taxpayer would not have been happy to take
on."

– Norman Schwarzkopf, from his 1993 autobiography, "It Doesn't Take a Hero."
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3 17th August 17:42
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We should have been concentrating on N. Korea all the while. Why is Bush
slushing the issue off for China to solve? Why the hell have we been there
with troops for 50 years - right, to keep out the Chinese communists. Now,
Bush is giving the fox the job of minding the chicken coop. This is beyond
my comprehension - whatever are they thinking in Washington? Regards, Joe
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