BACK TO THE MEAT GRINDER, BOYS
Following a decline in troop strength to 127,000 earlier this summer, "the number of U.S. troops in Iraq has climbed back to 138,000, driven up in part by the need to control the escalating violence in Baghdad and the decision to delay the departure of an Alaska-based Army brigade." The latest Marine recalls followed Bush's decision to authorize them, on July 26.
Not to attempt calling bullshit when I'm not 100% sure of what I speak, but hasn't there been "violence in Bagdad" pretty much since 2003? Because a brigade (1,500-3,000 troops) is being delayed, that explains an increase of 11,000 in a couple months? There's no cap on recalls?
As Marine Col. Guy A. Stratton said, explaining the troop redeployments said: "Since this is going to be a long war, we thought it was judicious and prudent at this time to be able to use a relatively small portion of those Marines to help us augment our units."
Long war, huh? Question is, in what country?