Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Bush Considering Short-Term Increase In Troops In Iraq, Despite Army Reports Showing Stretched Military Is Suffering

President Bush said yesterday that he is considering a short-term surge in troops in Iraq, an option that top generals have resisted. Among the options under review by the White House is sending 15,000 to 30,000 more troops to Iraq for six to eight months.

Forget the fact that Americans overwhelmingly oppose such a decision. Can our military be stretched any thinner -- even for a period of a few months?

Back in January, a 136-page report contracted by the Pentagon found that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. The author of the study, retired Army officer Andrew Krepinevich, said even Army leaders are not sure how much longer they can keep up the unusually high pace of combat tours in Iraq before they trigger an institutional crisis. Some major Army divisions are serving their second yearlong tours in Iraq, and some smaller units have served three times.

The effects of stretching the military thin is harrowing.

Statistics just released by the Army's Mental Health Advisory Team Survey found that 22 soldiers deployed to Iraq or Kuwait committed suicide in 2005. Since the war began, 58 deployed soldiers have taken their lives.

The U.S. Army Surgeon General has created a suicide prevention cell to try to identify new ways to prevent suicide among soldiers.

One place to start may be the increasing number of troops -- many of whom have served multiple tours -- who are complaining of acute combat stress or depression.

A separate survey from the Army's Mental Health Advisory Team found that U.S. soldiers serving repeated Iraq deployments are 50 percent more likely to suffer such problems.

More than 650,000 soldiers have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 -- including more than 170,000 now in the Army who have served multiple tours.

The proportion of soldiers who reported that they suffered a combination of anxiety, depression and acute stress rose to 17 percent, compared with 13 percent in the survey a year earlier. Combat stress is significantly higher among soldiers with at least one previous tour -- 18.4 percent, compared with 12.5 percent of those on their first deployment, the survey found.

Fourteen percent of soldiers surveyed said they have taken medications, such as antidepressants, for mental health problems.


Blogger thewaronterrible said...

I have an idea.
Call for a voluntary draft. Require 15,000 to 30,000 Repukes or other Bushie sympathizers and/or their family members to immediately enlist in the U.S. military for immediate deployment to Iraq following a one-month crash boot camp here in the states.
These volunteers would begin to replace overextended forces on a prolonged, temporary stay in Iraq until the voluntary draft takes full effect.
The Bush twin daughters would be the first offered an opportunity to go on national television and specify whether they themselves would agree to volunteer, and explain why or why not.
If these Repuke volunteers cannot be found, however, the U.S. would immediately begin a draw-down of U.S. military forces in Iraq to be completed within one year.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah TWOT that's the answer. Bring back the draft. Then you and all your little pussy lib trolls can really go back to the 1960's and burn draft cards.

I guess the democraps will not have to go if the draft in reinstated? What a moron you are. Will the KKKlintons daughter have to serve also or will she not be accepted due to ugliness?

Which brings me to my last point. God forbid this country is ao dumb and elects Shrillary, what will her excuse be for not serving. What was BJ's reason for not serving? A case of yellow fever.


3:04 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

As I have said many times, it is the citizens that have never experienced military life or military combat that are the gung-ho, go getem voices or the loud drum beat for all out war and sacrifice, but are the last ones to volunteer or back up their patriotic fervor. All they want to do is sit back and profit from the wars all the while the poorer citizens pay the ultimate price. The problem with this is now many people are tired of their yelling and "fear mongering" about the need to fight "terrorism" and doing nothing themselves that the majority of citizens are finally saying "go to hell" and go fight the war on "terrorism" yourself if you think it is so vital!

Now the war hawks are pissed off that there is little support for their "fear mongering", "war mongering" and "you unpatriotic cowards go getem" fervor!

The continued Iraq military presence is one of choice and therefore all those that support our continued presence should show their true convictions by enlisting to give actionable support of those convictions! If family members of politicians that support our continued presence do not enlist, then I consider all of the politician rhetoric as just hollering "wolf" again!

3:05 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

I bet there's a better chance Chelsea would serve than the Bush twins.

Given that GWB ducked out of his service, I don't think this is a strong card for you to play, anonymous.

5:44 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Whoop gets it.
But annoy-ignora-mous as expected falls many marbles short in the brains department.
I meant annoy-ignora-mous a VOLUNTEER draft only for those yellow-backs and others, generally Repukes, that are so gung-ho on accelerating force in the Mideast.

11:17 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

I was listening to a John Lennon Christmas song and thinking how Bush has tarnished this Christmas and every one since 2003 through dragging this country into this illegal, unnecessary and immoral, if not simply, ill-prepared war in Iraq, resulting in extermination of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis as well as destroying Xmas for families of the thousands of U.S. soldiers killed.
But Chimpy just wants to continue on with the slaughter.

"War is Over if you want it. War is over now."
Not as long as we have chimpy in the White House.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Anonymous said...
Which brings me to my last point. God forbid this country is ao dumb and elects Shrillary, what will her excuse be for not serving. What was BJ's reason for not serving? A case of yellow fever.

Bill Clinton has admitted that he did not serve as opposed to Shrub who pretends he served in the national guard where he never got his "wings" because of his drug stupor. Shrillary never served because it was not common for women to serve, especially in combat, when she was young enough to serve.

Have you ever served or did you skip out due to back problems, a BIG YELLOW STREAK down the middle?

We already know our country is dumb because GWB was selected once and appointed once!

12:43 PM  

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