In Iraq, Shorter Deployments but Fewer Troop Withdrawals

April 11, 2008 04:45 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
President Bush says he will reduce troop deployments in Iraq from 15 months to 12 months. But one pundit calls it a “PR stunt.”

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The newly reduced deployment will begin when troops are sent to Iraq in August, President Bush said Thursday during a speech at the White House.

The change was recommended by the Pentagon, which, according to the Los Angeles Times, had voiced concern “that the longer deployments were placing too much stress on the force.”

The President added that troops would have at least a year at home before being sent back to Iraq.

The announcement follows the Capitol Hill testimony of Gen. David Petraeus, during which the senior U.S. commander in Iraq called for a “pause” on troop withdrawals after July. Bush also said he supports Petraeus’ decision.

The president’s speech has already elicited reactions in the media. Though a seemingly positive move, some argue that Bush has ulterior motives in shortening Iraq deployments.

Jon Soltz writes in The Huffington Post that the decision is “a PR stunt.”

“Why? Because, according to the AP, this won't apply to troops currently in the field, but those deploying in August. Now, I may be no expert in the President's ‘fuzzy math,’ but my calculations tell me that 12 months from August 2008 is August 2009. There's no President Bush at that point,” he writes.
Watch coverage of President Bush’s speech on Reuters.

Headline Link: ‘Bush Announces Shorter Deployments in Iraq’

Reactions: Not as good as it sounds

Background: Petraeus’ testimony

Reference: Supporting the military


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