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Broken Promises

Friday, April 13, 2007
A few days ago on CNN a small article quietly slipped by. The topic was the Pentagon's decision to extend army tours of duty in Iraq by 3 months, effective immediately.

This sort of thing bothers me. I feel that this, like the "stop-loss" policy that the Army has been using, is detrimental in the long run to the volunteer army that the United States of America has theoretically started using. Not only does it hurt morale, but what message does it send? From an administration that uses the phrase "support our troops" at every possible chance, this seems counter-intuitive to that mentality.

I propose that we perhaps change our national policies to *gasp* reflect the will of the people. With an all-volunteer army, if we don't have enough soldiers volunteering, perhaps we should limit the scope of our involvement. If we don't have enough troops to fight a war in two theaters, perhaps we shouldn't get involved in those wars. I'm not saying we shouldn't have an army or be prepared for a war, but I'm just saying we should - in this day of the volunteer army - either go to war with the army we've got or make it so the government isn't the only one that can break the contract.

It's just a thought. Broken promises hurt everyone involved.


Blogger Laura said...

and for your further infuriation: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070409/kors

i dont support our government. i dont support the war. i do however, support the soldiers and thier rights.

6:12 PM, April 15, 2007  

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