I received this link from a friend whose son is about to be re-deployed to Iraq. My son is already there, I’m fairly certain.
They hide the troops going over. They hide the coffins coming back. What’s worse is that it no longer surprises us.
It seems so very, very far away from that stolen election in 2000 and Nader’s cry that there wasn’t any difference between the two parties.
Second Iraq Troop Surge Starts
By Stewart M. Powell
Monday 21 May 2007
US quietly doubling combat troop numbers.
Washington – The Bush administration is quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq this year, an analysis of Pentagon deployment orders showed Monday.
This “second surge” of troops in Iraq, which is being executed by extending tours for brigades already there and by deploying more units, could boost the number of combat troops to as many as 98,000 by the end of this year. When support troops are included, the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq could increase from 162,000 now to more than 200,000 – the most ever – by the end of the year.
The efforts to reinforce U.S. troops in Iraq are being carried out without the fanfare that accompanied President Bush’s initial troop surge in January.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. William Nash, the U.S. commander who led NATO troops into Bosnia in late 1995, when asked to comment on the analysis of deployment orders, said: “It doesn’t surprise me that they’re not talking about it. I think they would be very happy not to have any more attention paid to this.” (more)
And it’s only about salving the ego of the mad “commander guy,” and his complicit cronies.
(It’s too bad that Greek tragedies can’t be confined to the stage; to watch them played out in real life is just too damned sad to comment on.)