Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Now that Iraq is officially a 'free' nation, you know, because we transferred 'total sovereignty' to the interim Iraqi 'government', are our troops getting out of there anytime soon? Well, according to an article in the Christian Science Monitor: "US troops ... are suffering from low morale that has in some cases hit 'rock bottom.' ... 'Make no mistake, the level of morale for most soldiers that I've seen has hit rock bottom,' said ... an officer from the Army's 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. ... 'Faced with continued resistance [from insurgents], [the] Department of Defense now plans to keep a larger force in Iraq than anticipated for a period of time,' Maj. Gen. Buford Blount, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, explained in a statement to families a month ago. ... The open-ended deployments in Iraq are lowering morale among some ground troops, who say constantly shifting time tables are reducing confidence in their leadership. 'The way we have been treated and the continuous lies told to our families back home has devastated us all,' a soldier in Iraq wrote in a letter to Congress."

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