Once upon a time, long ago, about in November, 2008, the Democratic candidate for president of the United States made clear his intention to withdraw all troops from Iraq by 2011. At a recent press conference held by Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey, he indicated that while plans were still based on withdrawing troops by 2011, there was also what he termed a “reality scenario” which could alter any plans due to global shifts and currents. According to him, the reality scenario most likely would mean, “we’re going to have 10 Army and Marine units deployed for a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan.” The Army’s expectation called for the situation to get worse before it got better.
The good news from the general is that deployments will be reduced from 15 months to 12 months for the troops. If this is the best good news, American forces will most probably have a lot more bad news than good. Of course, his reality scenario is predicated on the assumption the American populace will accept a decade of fighting in the Middle East. Who knows what lurks in the hearts of Americans over the coming years?