Bush's visit, luncheon, and speech to troops at Fort Benning after his address to the nation about the increase in troops being sent to Iraq was
"hushed", in regards to commentary by the troops to news media, by the base commander, Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski.
To ensure that there would be no discordant notes here, Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski, the base commander, prohibited the 300 soldiers who had lunch
with the president from talking with reporters. If any of them harbored doubts about heading back to Iraq, many for the third time, they were kept
"It's going to require sacrifice, and I appreciate the sacrifices our troops are willing to make," Bush told the troops. "Some units are going to
have to deploy earlier than scheduled as a result of the decision I made. Some will remain deployed longer than originally anticipated."
Among those going early will be members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team from the 3rd Infantry Division based here. Theirs was the division that
spearheaded the invasion into Iraq in March 2003 and captured Baghdad. They returned in 2005 and lost 34 troops. Now, instead of heading back in May
or June, they will return to Iraq in March.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I'm flabbergasted by the scrutiny of the US Government on the American troops. I understand that once you sign up for service, you become "US
Government Property", but for as long as our military has been in service, the idea behind having servicemen and women on the field, was to protect
What happened to the troops' freedoms, rights, and liberties that they are putting their lives on the line for? They are not just another number.
They are still American citizens!!
Many troops nowadays have a disagreement with the the assignments they have (as should be noted with the troops sent into New Orleans when they were
to take the civilians "right to bear arms" away). They spoke out against what they had to do, while they were doing it, but they still did their
job... wrong, right, or indifferent.
[edit on 13-1-2007 by UM_Gazz]