The top US commander in Iraq has requested another Army brigade, on top of five already on the way, as part of the controversial "surge" of American troops designed to clamp down on sectarian violence and insurgent groups, senior Pentagon officials said today.Where are all these troops supposed to come from? One would think that it is the plan of the Bush administration to destroy our military completely.
The appeal -- not yet made public -- by Gen. David Petraeus for a combat aviation unit would involve between 2,500 and 3,000 more soldiers and dozens of transport helicopters and powerful gunships, said the Pentagon sources. That would bring the planned expansion of US forces so far to close to 30,000 troops.
News of the additional deployment comes about a week after President Bush announced that about 4,700 support troops will join the initial 21,500 he ordered in January. They are in addition to the estimated 130,000 troops already in Iraq.
"This is the next shoe to drop," said one senior Pentagon official closely involved in the war planning. "But you cannot put five combat brigades in there and not have more aviation guys, military police, and intelligence units."
Friday, March 16, 2007
Surging the Surge
I was waiting for this. Is anyone really surprised that General Petraeus is now asking for more troops, just after receiving 21,000 more and a week after receiving an additional few thousand? The newest request will surge the surge up to 30,000 more troops in Iraq. This is not good news and looks suspiciously like it was the plan all along.