The Army is considering whether it would have to extend the combat tours of troops in Iraq if President Bush opts to maintain a recent build up of forces through spring 2008.We cannot have our cake... and eat it, too.
Acting Army Secretary Pete Geren testified Tuesday that the service is reviewing other options, including relying more heavily on Army reservists or Navy and Air Force personnel, so as not to put more pressure on an already thinly stretched active-duty force.
Most soldiers spend 15 months in combat with a guaranteed 12 months home, a rotation plan that already has infuriated Democrats because it exceeds the service's goal of giving troops equal time home as in combat.
I hate to say this, but we cannot continue on with our military interventions without moving away from a limited philosophy. If we're going to stay with the current force levels overseas, we are going to need to increase the overall level of forces, and we are going to need to increase tour lengths.
Of course, it might make more sense just to pull back.