The Army is sending a company of Europe-based soldiers back to Iraq before the unit had a full 12 months of “dwell time.” Members of the 1st Armored Division’s 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Company A are headed to Iraq after only nine months in a safe and secure area. Actually, the return goes counter to what Secretary of Defense Robert Gates promised, but then again, what does a promise from a Bush administration official actually mean? He was asked at a press conference about having men sent to Iraq without being in “dwell time” the full 12 months and responded, “We just need to find out about that, because I made it clear that people should have 12 months at home.”
Let’s see if I have this right. The Secretary of Defense says all soldiers are entitled to a full 12 months away from combat and his directive is not being carried out. Secretary Gates intends to “find out about that.” Do you ever get the feeling that no one is really in charge of anything about the Iraq war? Do you ever get the feeling Bush and Cheney say things they really never mean? How about the following for double talk – the Army statement of May 10th:
“The brigade and division staffs are continuously reviewing both individual and unit issues and deployment cycles to ensure a fair and equitable deployment process, and making adjustments when appropriate and necessary.”
Huh? Fellas, it is quite simple, Secretary Gates said 12 months, give the soldiers their 12 months and knock off the bullshit!
Information from the Stars & Stripes