Friday, September 4, 2009

Pentagon to extend army tours in Afghanistan?

"The Army has ordered a headquarters unit in Afghanistan to remain up to 50 days past its yearlong tour in what officials say could be the start of longer postings in the war. Army officials on Thursday said the troops extensions will ensure continuity in Afghanistan."

Remember when the media and "progressives" opposed such actions by the Bush administration in Iraq? No? Perhaps these articles will refresh your recollection.

"The Pentagon is considering a plan to extend the tours of duty for up to 15,000 U.S. troops serving in Iraq, a defense official said Monday. The idea is among options being considered in response to a request in the last couple of weeks by Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. commander in Iraq, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the idea has not been approved."

"About 21,000 American soldiers in Iraq who were to return this month to their home bases in Louisiana and Germany will have their tours extended at least three months to help combat the surge in anti-occupation violence, defense officials said Wednesday. The decision, which has not been announced publicly, breaks the Army's promise to soldiers and their families that assignments in Iraq would be limited to 12 months. The affected soldiers already have been in Iraq for a year. "

"With military resources running dangerously thin, the Bush administration and the Pentagon may extend the combat tours of some 15,000 troops currently in Iraq."

Or, you can google "Pentagon to extend army tours".

Of course, back then, when Bush and not Obama was president, this led to media and progressive voices being raised in opposition to such an abuse of the rights of our enlisted men and women . . .

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