Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The War And Home

After spending nearly a week out of town, I just caught up on my Newsweek reading. I was particularly struck by this article.

Jodi is "a great Army wife," Brad adds. But they both worry about how they will adjust to life as a family again. "He may think I've used bad judgment but I have to make decisions," says Jodi. "He isn't here, so it's too bad. I've been alone for over a year and in some ways we are mourning someone who is gone and have to get on with our lives. They need to come home. This needs to come to an end because it's tearing families apart."... The 172nd Stryker Brigade is scheduled to return home in December. But at a recent meeting with families of the 4-23 at their base in Alaska, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he couldn't promise that would happen. For Jodi, the uncertain wait can only be adding to the strain.

For some reason the online article leaves out the following print edition paragraph.

In Vietnam and Korea, the average soldier spent less than a year overseas..The grunts who fought in the 1991 Gulf War rejoined their families after a few months in the desert. In Iraq, much of the burden has fallen on older reservists and National Guardsmen, many of whom have gone back for second or third tours.

This is not about whether the war is right or wrong. If you have read my blog for very long, you already know my view. This is about what is right for our troops. This is about the fact that the current strategy is not only affecting the effectiveness of our military as a fighting force but when soldiers come home that part of their life may be destroyed as well. And from all appearances the architects of this disastrous strategy, the Secretary of Defense and the Commander in Chief, just don't give a damn.

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