Wednesday, December 05, 2007


AP reports:

The No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq [Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno] said Tuesday that 15-month combat tours are too long for U.S. soldiers but probably cannot be shortened until next fall as troop levels decline....

Gen. George Casey, who became the Army chief of staff in April after spending more than two years in Iraq as the top overall commander, told a think tank audience in Washington on Tuesday that the Army decided to go to 15-month tours "with the full understanding that it was temporary."

"We can't sustain that and have to come off of that," Casey said. As the Army considers how soon it can return to shorter tours it wants to be "darn sure that we're not going to have to go back" to 15 months....

But why would we have to go back to 15-month tours? Haven't right-wingers told us repeatedly that we've already won the war?

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