Just a day after president Bush said that extending the tour for troops in Iraq was unacceptable he goes and extends the tour of troops in Iraq. This is just another in the never ending signs of just how badly the escalation is going, the Pentagon is having to stretch our already-spread-too-thin forces even more.
WASHINGTON, April 11 — All active-duty Army troops now in Iraq or Afghanistan or headed to either country will serve 15-month tours of duty, up from the usual 12-month tours, effective immediately, the Pentagon announced today.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called the change "a difficult and necessary interim step" and said it would at least give soldiers and their families more predictability than they have now.... Mr. Gates said the impetus for the increase in Army combat tours had come from the service’s leaders, who saw a demand for "more clarity and fairness."
As strains on the military have increased, some soldiers home from Iraq and Afghanistan have had to go back before a year’s rest. At least now, General Pace said, soldiers will know when they are coming and going. He said they would be able to "sit around a dinner table and know on such-and-such a date," and plan their lives accordingly.
Remember this load of crap the Bush dumped just a day ago? Here is what bunny pants had to say yesterday:
The bottom line is this: Congress’s failure to fund our troops will mean that some of our military families could wait longer for their loved ones to return from the front lines. Others could see their loved ones headed back to war sooner than anticipated. This is unacceptable. It’s unacceptable to me, it’s unacceptable to our veterans, it’s unacceptable to our military families, and it’s unacceptable to many in this country.
Hello, at least get on the same page with your squads of liars. You can't say something one day and then have your minions contradict you the next without at least some of us taking notice. What a maroon!