Today George W. Bush revealed plans to bring 8,000 of the 146,000 troops in Iraq back home. This very small ‘drawdown’ basically leaves the U.S. force intact and is George W. Bush’s way of saying that he is passing his expensive mess on to the next president.
While he was talking about bringing a small number of troops home, as many as 3,500 soldiers in the Wisconsin National Guard learned that they will be going to Iraq next year. It will include troops from Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire and over 30 other communities statewide.
This call-up is actually the biggest since World War II and unfortunately will not be the first tour for many of the involved soldiers. As a person that served in the Army National Guard in the 90’s, I simply can’t imagine how disturbing it must be to serve under a president that has such reckless disregard and has mismanaged so much so often.