This will have the political left buzzing.
WASHINGTON – The Army is planning for the possibility of keeping the current number of soldiers in Iraq — well over 100,000 — for four more years, the Army’s top general said Saturday.
In an Associated Press interview, Gen. Peter Schoomaker said the Army is prepared for the “worst case” in terms of the required level of troops in Iraq. He said the number could be adjusted lower if called for by slowing the force rotation or by shortening tours for soldiers.
Schoomaker said commanders in Iraq and others who are in the chain of command will decide how many troops will be needed next year and beyond. His responsibility is to provide them, trained and equipped.
About 138,000 U.S. troops, including about 25,000 Marines, are now in Iraq.
“We are now into ’07-’09 in our planning,” Schoomaker said, having completed work on the set of combat and support units that will be rotated into Iraq over the coming year for 12-month tours of duty.
Did you know that our military has all sorts of “contingency” plans on file at the Pentagon? Plans for, say, invading Cuba. Or defending an invasion from Mexico. Or strategically bombing Riyadh. The fact that these plans exist certainly doesn’t mean that any of these things are going to happen, but only that our military is prepared in case any of them should become necessary.
Just as, with this plan for four more years in Iraq, our military is prepared in case that should become necessary.
This will be touted, of course, as evidence of Iraq having turned into the “quagmire” the political left has been calling it since rebuilding efforts there began, but that’s just not so. Reality, unfortunately, won’t get in the way of the self-righteous indignation we’ll hear from them via the media, who are always at-the-ready to trumpet and perpetuate distortions like that.
By Rob Port of Say Anything.