RAW DOGMA written by Nkrumah Steward
|Soldiers threatened with combat if they don't re-enlist
If you listened to Bush during the first debate his idea of what is going on in Iraq and what it is to serve over there hasn’t changed much since he landed on that aircraft carrier and claimed “mission accomplished” and all major conflict was behind us.
Too bad the soldiers don’t seem to agree.
Soldiers from a combat unit in Colorado told the Associated Press on a condition of anonymity that they have been threatened with combat duty if they refused to reenlist.
"They said if you refuse to re-enlist with the 3rd Brigade, we'll send you down to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, which is going to Iraq for a year, and you can stay with them, or we'll send you to Korea, or to Fort Riley (in Kansas) where they're going to Iraq," said one of the soldiers, a sergeant.
The sergeant told the Associated Press that the threat has outraged soldiers who are close to fulfilling their service obligation.
"We have a whole platoon who refuses to sign," he said.
An unidentified Fort Carson spokesman said that 3rd Brigade recruitment officers did not threaten the soldiers with more duty in Iraq.
What the recruitment officers told them was that they “may go to Iraq.”
Ah, thanks for clearing that one up for us.
"I can only tell you what the retention officers told us: The soldiers were not being told they will go to Iraq, but they may go to Iraq," said the spokesman, who confirmed the re-enlistment drive is under way.
What the actual soldiers said they were told was this.
"They told us if we don't re-enlist, then we'd have to be reassigned. And where we're most needed is in units that are going back to Iraq in the next couple of months. So if you think you're getting out, you're not," said one of the soldiers
Ok so now we have two soldiers saying the same thing and one unidentified Fort Carson spokesperson saying something similar but different.
"I don't want to go back to Iraq," the sergeant told the News. "I went through a lot of things for the Army that weren't necessary and were risky. Iraq has changed a lot of people."
Hopefully what has changed are enlisted people into thinking that everything the GOP and the neo cons that are running the show do in Washington is the gospel.
Some reports that I have seen suggest that the GOP might not get as commanding a portion of the enlisted vote as they are accustomed to over this whole Iraq issue.
I agree we need to fight terror, but before we disposed Saddam Iraq was not were terrorist were at.
Now they are.
In fact now they are flourishing in Iraq, thanks to Bush, so I guess we do have troops where they need to be huh?
It's funny how Bush always seems to get what he wants.