Sounds more and more like it might just be talk. A lot of the reduction is happening because the administration has no option. Troops will have served their maximum required time by law, and Bush knows he can’t get that extended. As matter of fact, Jim Webb is still pushing his plan to get troops more time off than on, and it is really gaining momentum:
Now that President Bush and Gen. David H. Petraeus have charted their course for the Iraq war, Democrats in the Senate say one of their proposals aimed at shifting the presidentâ€™s strategy is finally close to winning enough Republican support for a real chance at being approved. It would require that troops spend as much time at home as on their most recent tours overseas before being redeployed.
The proposal, by Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, has strong support from top Democrats, who say that the practical effect would be to add time between deployments and force General Petraeus to withdraw troops on a substantially swifter timeline than the one he laid out before Congress this week, and that it would protect troops from serving protracted and debilitating deployments.
Of course there are still some Republicans, and the administration, who are dead set against this plan. These are the same people who share the Boehner sentiment of “small costs” when it comes to our troops dying and spending countless months away from their loved ones.
I think the biggest insult is the fact that our troops don’t even get the same amount of time home as they do in theater. Right now they server 15 months and get a year off. Compare that to the U.K. Troops serve 1 year and get 4 years off. George Bush and every single person that has backed him are guilty of destroying our military. Rudy said yesterday that Move On should be chased out of this country for their ad about Petraeus. Well if we are chasing people out of this country then Bush, his administration, and all his backers also deserve the boot from the country.