Friday, January 12, 2007

Active Duty Time Limits Cast Aside by Pentagon

Via Yahoo News:

"The Pentagon has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be required to serve on active duty, officials said Thursday, a major change that reflects an Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in Iraq."
But according to General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this has absolutely nothing to do with Bush's plan for a troop surge announced just one day before this decision was released to the public.

"Gen. Peter Pace...told reporters the change in reserve policy would have been made anyway because active-duty troops already were getting too little time between their combat tours."
Suuuuuuure.. and I'm the Queen of England.

In November 2005 Representative John Murtha (D-PA) issued a press release that was absolutely skewered by the radical-right, who went on to refer to Murtha as a defeatist and anti-American.

"The future of our military is at risk. Our military and their families are stretched thin. Many say that the Army is broken. Some of our troops are on their third deployment. Recruitment is down, even as our military has lowered its standards. Defense budgets are being cut. Personnel costs are skyrocketing, particularly in health care. Choices will have to be made."
Murtha was right - and the choices being made include ending active duty time limits. Our military must be extremely well off to take such steps, right? ...Right?