Marines Face Involuntary Call Up to Iraq
A shortage of volunteers, according to the Administration, is the cause of up to 1,200 Marine reservists being called to Iraq next year.
What happened to the plans for withdrawal? Is this a message it's not happening until we get a new President in 2009?
The mobilization, which was approved by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates last week, reflects the increasing manpower shortages the Marines are facing as the war in Iraq continues. Officials said it would have been necessary even without the increase in American force levels in Iraq, which will reach 160,000, including 25,000 marines, by June.
Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Riehl said Monday that the corps was notifying 1,800 members of the individual ready reserve, made up of inactive marines who have not finished their service requirements, with a goal of getting 1,200 marines for one-year deployments in 2008. The affected marines will begin reporting for duty in October, Colonel Riehl said.
Funding bill or no funding bill, withdrawal clause or not, we're not leaving Iraq any time soon. Seems to me we haven't yelled loud enough yet.
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