Is there no end to this madness… apparently not in the eyes of the Army or General Peter Schoomaker who said today in an AP interview that “the Army is prepared for the “worse case” in terms of the required level of troops in Iraq.”
Of course no doubt the Army must parrot what the big boss said today, but this General seemed to go above and beyond the call of duty with his timeline. We know that Bush is preparing for a 5 day push to defend his stance, while the majority of the U.S. population now believe that he is wrong. Not that what America thinks has ever matter to Bush. He just continues to plow along oblivious to the polls.
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.
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.
Beyond Bush’s term
Schoomaker’s comments come amid indications from Bush administration officials and commanders in Iraq that the size of the U.S. force may be scaled back next year if certain conditions are achieved.
Schoomaker, who spoke aboard an Army jet on the trip back to Washington from Kansas City, Mo., made no predictions about the pace of political progress in Iraq. But he said he was confident the Army could provide the current number of forces to fight the insurgency for many more years. The 2007-09 rotation he is planning would go beyond President Bush’s term in office, which ends in January 2009.