How’s That War Working Out, Mr. President?

(Originally posted at The Sirens Chronicles)

25 days to lift-off.

We are in the midst of last minute preparations for sending SSG Dizzy and his battle buddies to Iraq Deployment 3.0. It’s hard to imagine that he’s going to be gone for 15 months and then, a year after that, he will be probably be planning for Iraq Deployment 4.0.

Yes. It’s gotten old. But, now we are old pros at getting things done pre-deployment, so that the “deployment gremlins” are kept at bay. We have streamlined the process to make the lift-off more manageable.

Pretty soon, I’ll be able to teach a course on “deployment management”, especially in light of news that the Army has gotten off to a bad start, this fiscal year, trying to recruit new troops for this old war.

This is bad news on many levels. First off, with such a low number of recruits to start the year, that means it will be harder to meet the annual recruiting goals, set by the Army. Secondly, the lack of recruits puts an additional strain on troops, like my husband, meaning he will likely be forced into Deployment 4.0, and 5.0. With the Army’s favorite stand-by “stop-loss”, we could be looking at 6.0 or more, if the war goes on for another 10 years. That’s, of course, if we are lucky (but, we won’t talk about that, right now…).

Adding to the impending lack of military man-power, there is also a pretty big lack of supporting civilian man-power due to an insufficient amount of contractors needed to support troops heading into battle. Of course, this is only exacerbated by the incompetence and fraud in the current system. There’s a whole lot of work in somebody’s in-box and not nearly enough people to support the workload.

Despite all the “great” news coming from the Administration, it can’t even get its own diplomats to volunteer to go to Iraq. They are being “forced” to go, against their will with the reminder that when they signed up for the Foreign Service, they swore “an oath to serve, obligating them to work anywhere.” And since the State Department can’t get any volunteers to go to Iraq of their own free will, they are now obligated to go because “Condi, says so!”

Stop by the Huffington Post to see how “great” things really are in Iraq, right now.

I just don’t understand why more Americans aren’t just chomping at the bit to get their asses over to Iraq.

I say we send “Dog” over there as a bodyguard for all those “fraidy-cat” Foreign Service diplomats.

Our Armed Forces are stretched beyond their breaking point. Civilians are refusing to sign up to help out. Diplomats are scared to go and serve their country in Iraq. But, things are just hunky-dory in Bush-land.

Please, stop the world! I want to get off!

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About Dizzy Dezzi

Feisty, 30-something, mother of three, wife to Iraq Vet (currently performing Deployment 3.0), home-school mom for 10+ years, and small business owner. Politically, I lean a little liberal, but a lot Libertarian. I may not always say what's on my mind, but when I do have something to say, you can't shut me the heck up...
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4 Responses to How’s That War Working Out, Mr. President?

  1. Marc says:

    Well, I would first like to wish you well on your upcoming deployment and God’s speed to you.

    Unfortunately, we strongly disagree on the State Department flap over servicing in Iraq. I say, if you don’t like it, quit – that is, after all that is the Amierican Way. You have the right to disagree with you employer and if that disagreement is so strong, then you have the option to end that relationship.

    I have to really wonder if they truly are “concerned for their well-being” or simply want to make a statement on the war in general. It seems more of the latter than the former to me.

    And again, stay safe …

    Marc

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    It took GWB to make a failure even out of the volunteer military, something that I would not have bet possible. He has made it clear that our country must either remain on a fairly peaceful track, or must reinstate the draft. One thing he has proven is that we can never do things this way again.

  3. Virginia Cotts says:

    I have to disagree with the idea that a government job is the same as private employment. Civil servants are in a position to speak up when government policy is inappropriate. Just quitting their jobs, keeps the people we don’t want carrying out our laws employed – with our tax money.

    There is also a level of risk involved that is much higher than normal. Iraq is in a civil war. Usually this would involve getting all but the highest levels of state department employees out of the country, by special flights if necessary. Look at what happennes when new statisitics on a medicine come out indicating much higher risks of dangerous side effects than was originally known. Many people will stop taking the drug and others will never start. The fact that the ones who had already started can stop still does not support the idea that these employees should just quit their jobs rather than protest the policy change.

    As an RN I accept the fact that there are risks inherent in the job that may result in injury, disease and even death. I choose to take those risks and do everything I can to prevent the accidents or exposures. If I am put in a position by my employer where I cannot safely do my job, I can appeal to OSHA and other regulatory agencies to investigate the practice. If that doesn’t produce anything, I might leave. But I would have some sleepless nights worrying about how I could bring this situation to public awareness – so that other employees would not be hurt as well as patients receiving substandard care.

    The State Department employees have every right to protest this policy. I think members of the millitary like SSG Dizzy should have the right to say, “I signed up to protect my country with my life. I didn’t sign up to protect other countries or to fight for international coorporations access to resources and markets.” If our millitary can’t think for themselves, how can we expect them to be the best?

  4. Darrell Prows says:

    Ginny: I think that there are still “conscientious objector” type regulations, but I’m not sure of the specifics.