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Tuesday, April 06, 2004
  USATODAY.com - Pentagon delays U.S. troops' trip home Via Eschaton comes this article USATODAY.com - Pentagon delays U.S. troops' trip home: "WASHINGTON -
A decision by the Pentagon to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq is a reversal of its plan to steadily reduce the U.S. force level there.

[Photo caption from story: Senior military leaders gave assurances to troops and their families that Iraq duty would be no longer than a year.
By Gervasio Sanchez, AP]

Since the war began a year ago, senior military leaders have given frequent assurances to troops and their families that Iraq duty would be no longer than a year.

Now, those assurances have met the reality of Iraq, where military leaders are planning for the possibility that anti-U.S. violence will spread. U.S. troops are stretched thin around the world, and the Pentagon has few options to increase the force in Iraq if necessary.

On Monday, a senior official with U.S. Central Command said that the return home of about 24,000 U.S. troops who were scheduled to leave in the next few weeks would be delayed as their replacements arrive. Central Command's responsibility includes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
I don't know, but I think this is how it could start, a large military build up in Iraq. Call it a troop rotation, but only do half a rotation, and double your military presence, which would get you very close to the Gen Shinseki told congress we would need in post-war Iraq and was promptly re-moved for his candor and accuracy. Okay, the part about candor is editorializing, but it's what I believe.

Now, there are some obvious repercussions to a move like this. One, I suspect enlistment and re-enlistment rates drop even further. Two, if the military was stretched thin before, it will be wafer-like if they go in this direction. Third, you are really going to have to ramp up your logistics team if your supporting a force double the size originally planned for, so more contracts for KBR and others. All of the above will mean ultimately a greater financial cost for this war, one that many suspect could have been predicted and planned for, but that the administration did not want to present.

 
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