Rumsfeld extends tours of 3,500 US troops in Iraq

A US soldier in seen on patrol in Baghdad in 2005. The Pentagon extended the tours of about 3,500 US troops in Iraq for 120 days in a move that dashed hopes of a reduction in the US force this year in the face ... Full Story
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Deborah Liddiard

Castro Valley, CA

#1 Jul 28, 2006
This extended deployment of the 172 nd. who has been in Mousol for the last year and was due home to Alaska this week is just heart breaking. These boys have done a great job. This is a horrible blow to their families who had purchased tickets to Alaska to welcome home their sons and now are having to cancle their trips. The families at home are going through hell every day wondering if today is the day they may lose their son. Every breath they take everday is in hope that their boy will call them and these calls usually come in the middle of the night due to the time change, but at least when they get a call they know their son is o.k. for that minute. I feel very strongly that the Army should have someone call the families personally and let them know what is going on and what to expect in their sons case or at least send out letters of explination to the families. Our family is very proud of our soldier, very proud, he has done his part and more, but it is time for him to come home. From a concerned Aunt of a courageous soldier.
Michael

United States

#2 Jul 28, 2006
Bring them home now.
michele

Westerville, OH

#3 Jul 28, 2006
I totally agree. This is an incredible sacrific for the soldiers as well as their families who have been holding on for a long time. I will continue to pray for their safe and quick return. GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!!
172nd SBCT Soldier Family

AOL

#5 Jul 28, 2006
This is beyond sick. It is "sadistic" and "a slap in the face". What a wonderfully nice way to appreciate the men and women that served this country for a year in a hell hole. This kind of thing should not be allowed to happen with just days till redeployment. I am encouraging everyone to speak out against this atrocity until the 172nd SBCT are allowed to come home, SOMETHING THEY EARNED. Write your congressmen, the Senators, The President, Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Shields...TELL THEM what YOU an AMERICAN think of their no brain plans. My son is not cattle, he is an irreplaceable miracle of God!!, just like all the soldiers who work beside him. No one I have talked to thinks this is right or makes sense. SICK. It's not just the wait, they're going to BAGHDAD because of the VIOLENCE. There's no limit to the garbage they drag these guys through. Nice show of appreciation for a job SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED! It's time the American People are HEARD! and LISTENED TO! BRING the 172nd SBCT HOME! THEY DESERVE THEIR TIME AT HOME AS MUCH AS PREVIOUS TROOPS! and have they have earned it! They do not deserve this "kick in the teeth" from "Brass!" Send the Paper pushers out to do a decent days work! Get the "brass" off their lazy, no brain butts and WAKE 'EM UP! these soldiers are not MENTALLY ready for another 4 months after all they have been through! What in the world are these people thinking{or ARE they?!}?! These men have done their time! Send in FRESH troops! Bring the 172nd SBCT HOME as PROMISED!!!!! Their replacements are THERE! WHY do the people "in charge" insist on tearing apart a morale they isist they are "helping to build"?! Do they think going once a year shaking a hand is all these men/women deserve after all they have done to keep America FREE so "brass" and Presidents can sit behind a high polished desk and dictate orders!?! LET THEM GO FIGHT ONE GUN BATTLE! Go WALK ONE grabage strewn road! Eat ONE MRE! Sleep on a Cot for ONE NIGHT! Get off the luxary sofa and feather top mattress...BE A SOLDIER! Then MAYBE they can/will appreciate the FACT these guys need to COME HOME AS PROMISED!
The family of a 172nd RE-deployed Soldier
army

Studio City, CA

#6 Jul 28, 2006
I didn't like it when my son was 4 days from fulfilling his military contract and they redeployed him for another year either. He did stayed in the states training the men going to Iraq. He was, for a short time on standby orders to go to either Iraq or Afganastan but those orders were changed. When a person goes in the military they sign a contract. They are aware this type of thing could happen. The reason it happens is because enlistment is low.I won't blame anyone for not joining the military but we have to have one. I see the drat comming back. I don't know anything about the military but I see it. It makes sense, we must have a military, we don't have enough willing to join so they are going to have to force it. I am afraid there are going to be alot of people going to Canada to avoid the draft. Much more than in the 60's.
Mother of soldier

United States

#7 Jul 28, 2006
STOP THE INSANITY! Hasn't our goverment learned anything from history? Does the memory of our troops fighting in the streets of Saigon escape them? Now they want our troops to go into Bagdad in the same way? For what, so we can later say oops, shouldn't have done that? Oh well, we will build another memorial in Washington! These young men and women should never have to do their time only to realize time for them stands still. Their longing to return to their families and loved ones thwarted by Iraq's politics and Washington's partnership. America did what it promised and more! It is time to bring our troops home and I believe America is beginning to realize this. This idea of keeping our troops for a longer duration only proves that our military is over stressed. The money spent on Iraq and the power of our military should be used to protect our own boarders and strenthen America. It is time for our voices to unite and STOP THE INSANITY!
Mother of soldier

United States

#8 Jul 28, 2006
John wrote:
Lost me friends in Vietnam. One is not even on the wall. Glad have no friends anymore. It's too much to loose a loved one. What one must feel to lose a father/mother or son/daughther? Specially to terrorism/war. Don't want to know. It seems we haven't learned our lessons yet, perhaps we never will. Peace is yours if you want it. Peace, John.
Iam sorry you lost your friends dear Sir, I lost my husband in Viet Nam and I do not want to loose my son in Iraq! Your correct, we have not learned our lessons well. It is true we are in for the fight of our lives and we need to fight terrorism, but it would seem to me, we should begin at home. Can you hear the silence? Our military is policing the world and we are left vunerable. The fact that we have not been hit again may in fact say something.....like perhaps we took the bait and left ourselves wide open?
Drafty

United States

#9 Jul 28, 2006
It's a sad day when I read these comments on the cost of war now and in the 60,s. Our Congress is deafened and blinded by their greed and corruption--it's a club for millionaire chickenhawks out to fleece all of us. Being blind and deaf they thrash about in utter stupidity. This will go on until the voters wise up. Maybe a draft will wake a few up, but I wouldn't count on it, not when millions still think Bushie is doing one heck of a job.
Single mother even longer

Anchorage, AK

#10 Jul 29, 2006
9 days until my husband came home to see his son for the second time in a year. Now 9 months old he's only seen his daddy for two weeks of his life. And he wasn't even able to be there for the birth because some idiot wanted to deer hunt so my husband got bumped on coming home. That shows that military had their priorities wrong then and they have then wrong now. My husband has been there for a year just like he was told and then to spring this on him and the others just before they were to come home and some that were already here is just wrong. Just imagine telling the children that understand that daddy or mommy was coming home having to tell them they aren't. How heartbreaking that must be for the children. All of us families have been through hell for a year and now for it to continue. I'm glad we have Americans who appreciate what my husband does. As some have mentioned someone's got to do it...but there is a limit on how long they can be over there and extensions are just outrageous. By the time my husband gets home my son will be over one years old. How much he will have missed. Those of you who are in my position with your spouse be strong. For those of you who aren't be grateful. God bless the USA and the Soldiers who fight for Freedom everyday. Freedom isn't free.
172nd Stryker Brigade 1/17th C Co HOOAH!
Mother of soldier

United States

#11 Jul 29, 2006
Single mother even longer wrote:
9 days until my husband came home to see his son for the second time in a year. Now 9 months old he's only seen his daddy for two weeks of his life. And he wasn't even able to be there for the birth because some idiot wanted to deer hunt so my husband got bumped on coming home. That shows that military had their priorities wrong then and they have then wrong now. My husband has been there for a year just like he was told and then to spring this on him and the others just before they were to come home and some that were already here is just wrong. Just imagine telling the children that understand that daddy or mommy was coming home having to tell them they aren't. How heartbreaking that must be for the children. All of us families have been through hell for a year and now for it to continue. I'm glad we have Americans who appreciate what my husband does. As some have mentioned someone's got to do it...but there is a limit on how long they can be over there and extensions are just outrageous. By the time my husband gets home my son will be over one years old. How much he will have missed. Those of you who are in my position with your spouse be strong. For those of you who aren't be grateful. God bless the USA and the Soldiers who fight for Freedom everyday. Freedom isn't free.
172nd Stryker Brigade 1/17th C Co HOOAH!
I am so sorry and I have so much empathy for you. I can understand your disappointment. A year is a very long time for us to endure the stress as family members. We count the days and our blessings as each day brings us closer to our loved ones. Then to hear the time has been extended is a major blow to our dreams. All we can really do is remain strong for our loved ones that have also had their hopes thwarted. I can not imagine the soldier's stress at hearing of this delay. I don't care what anyone say's, most soldiers want to do their time and get back home. Home is where the heart is and that has now been crushed for all that have to accept this. God take care of you and yours!
Forever Waiting

Anchorage, AK

#12 Jul 29, 2006
This is so terribly messed up, I can't believe that someone would do this to another human being, not just one but thousands... I can only imagine the heartbreak of all the children waiting for their daddies or mommies coming home, counting down the days, and then all of a sudden hearing that they'll have to wait even longer. My husband was supposed to leave Iraq today. We had a baby in April, which he missed the entire pregnancy and the birth because of this war. Bush is keeping the troops over there for all the wrong reasons now. We are definately NOT going to re-enlist because of all this, we always had the option, and were thinking maybe, but it was too far away to tell, but after all this there is no way. It's such a nice way to treat all these guys after they've put their life on the line for our country. They deserve to come home, it's so messed up that they would pull this out from them days before they were supposed to leave, some even just waiting on a plane ride, and others already back home. It's devastating to drive by and see all the welcome home signs. There was even one that said welcome home mommy and daddy... I can only imagine that little kid, it brings tears to my eyes and makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about.... They've done their job, just let them come home!!!!!
Mother of soldier

United States

#13 Jul 29, 2006
Forever Waiting wrote:
This is so terribly messed up, I can't believe that someone would do this to another human being, not just one but thousands... I can only imagine the heartbreak of all the children waiting for their daddies or mommies coming home, counting down the days, and then all of a sudden hearing that they'll have to wait even longer. My husband was supposed to leave Iraq today. We had a baby in April, which he missed the entire pregnancy and the birth because of this war. Bush is keeping the troops over there for all the wrong reasons now. We are definately NOT going to re-enlist because of all this, we always had the option, and were thinking maybe, but it was too far away to tell, but after all this there is no way. It's such a nice way to treat all these guys after they've put their life on the line for our country. They deserve to come home, it's so messed up that they would pull this out from them days before they were supposed to leave, some even just waiting on a plane ride, and others already back home. It's devastating to drive by and see all the welcome home signs. There was even one that said welcome home mommy and daddy... I can only imagine that little kid, it brings tears to my eyes and makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about.... They've done their job, just let them come home!!!!!
God bless you and your baby and protect your soldier. How very very sad!
172nd SBCT soldier

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#14 Jul 29, 2006
I used to support our military efforts here in Iraq, but I no longer do after reading the hypocrisy from Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. I'm tired of giving excuses and answers in defense of our operations here to my wife, family, and friends.
I read recently that al-Maliki spoke before a joint meeting of Congress, urging lawmakers to support increased aid, including troops and equipment. He asks for this increased aid yet initiates the release of approximately 300 insurgents the 172nd SBCT detained during our operations in Mosul! This is a complete slap in the face for the soldiers of the 172nd SBCT just as we face the news of our extension here. Why would al-Maliki ask for our increased aid to quell sectarian violence yet release those who are at the very cause of this violence. These approximately 300 insurgents that were released include persons who either killed or attempted to kill U.S. soldiers from the 172nd SBCT and other units operating in the area of Mosul.
We ALL need to come home now! I ask everyone to call or write their Congressional Representative and demand ALL of our troops to return home!
Mother of soldier

United States

#15 Jul 29, 2006
172nd SBCT soldier wrote:
I used to support our military efforts here in Iraq, but I no longer do after reading the hypocrisy from Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. I'm tired of giving excuses and answers in defense of our operations here to my wife, family, and friends.
I read recently that al-Maliki spoke before a joint meeting of Congress, urging lawmakers to support increased aid, including troops and equipment. He asks for this increased aid yet initiates the release of approximately 300 insurgents the 172nd SBCT detained during our operations in Mosul! This is a complete slap in the face for the soldiers of the 172nd SBCT just as we face the news of our extension here. Why would al-Maliki ask for our increased aid to quell sectarian violence yet release those who are at the very cause of this violence. These approximately 300 insurgents that were released include persons who either killed or attempted to kill U.S. soldiers from the 172nd SBCT and other units operating in the area of Mosul.
We ALL need to come home now! I ask everyone to call or write their Congressional Representative and demand ALL of our troops to return home!
Your not the only soldier that is feeling this way! Not only why would he ask for all he did, but why are we giving it to him? God Bless and keep you safe soldier! We Americans love our soldiers but we too are getting tired of empty promises that seem to have no end in sight. I think this extended deployment is going to boomarang on this administration. When the city of Bagdad is in our living rooms every night, there is going to be outrage here in America.
Soldier

Anchorage, AK

#16 Jul 30, 2006
grow up
light

Florissant, MO

#17 Jul 30, 2006
http://www.bringhome172nd.org

Just so everyone knows, there is a web site giving a voice to the individual stories and experiences of the recent extension of service for the 172nd Brigade ('Strykers') in Iraq. The web site is http://www.bringhome172nd.org
soldier back from iraq

Anchorage, AK

#18 Aug 5, 2006
Please quit whining and bitching. I was there and came back and will go back. Why? Becasue I signed the contract willingly. Get off your selfish one sided needs and support your soldier. Your not the first to go thru this and wont be the last. Grow up and pull up your boot straps and go on with life. Life is hard? You live in comfort while your loved one lives in shit. Get over your selfish needs and do something productive. Very unpatriotic people you are. I see signed on post I Sleep Alone..get over it! SO DO THEY!
soldier back from iraq

Anchorage, AK

#19 Aug 5, 2006
Obviously your loved one didnt explain the deployment says 12 to 16 months. Shit happens. So you give birth alone, or you this or that..lord I would rather go back to Iraq than hear a bunch of whiney family members driving big ass cars and spending their soldiers money!
soldier back from iraq

Anchorage, AK

#20 Aug 5, 2006
172nd SBCT Soldier Family wrote:
This is beyond sick. It is "sadistic" and "a slap in the face". What a wonderfully nice way to appreciate the men and women that served this country for a year in a hell hole. This kind of thing should not be allowed to happen with just days till redeployment. I am encouraging everyone to speak out against this atrocity until the 172nd SBCT are allowed to come home, SOMETHING THEY EARNED. Write your congressmen, the Senators, The President, Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Shields...TELL THEM what YOU an AMERICAN think of their no brain plans. My son is not cattle, he is an irreplaceable miracle of God!!, just like all the soldiers who work beside him. No one I have talked to thinks this is right or makes sense. SICK. It's not just the wait, they're going to BAGHDAD because of the VIOLENCE. There's no limit to the garbage they drag these guys through. Nice show of appreciation for a job SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED! It's time the American People are HEARD! and LISTENED TO! BRING the 172nd SBCT HOME! THEY DESERVE THEIR TIME AT HOME AS MUCH AS PREVIOUS TROOPS! and have they have earned it! They do not deserve this "kick in the teeth" from "Brass!" Send the Paper pushers out to do a decent days work! Get the "brass" off their lazy, no brain butts and WAKE 'EM UP! these soldiers are not MENTALLY ready for another 4 months after all they have been through! What in the world are these people thinking{or ARE they?!}?! These men have done their time! Send in FRESH troops! Bring the 172nd SBCT HOME as PROMISED!!!!! Their replacements are THERE! WHY do the people "in charge" insist on tearing apart a morale they isist they are "helping to build"?! Do they think going once a year shaking a hand is all these men/women deserve after all they have done to keep America FREE so "brass" and Presidents can sit behind a high polished desk and dictate orders!?! LET THEM GO FIGHT ONE GUN BATTLE! Go WALK ONE grabage strewn road! Eat ONE MRE! Sleep on a Cot for ONE NIGHT! Get off the luxary sofa and feather top mattress...BE A SOLDIER! Then MAYBE they can/will appreciate the FACT these guys need to COME HOME AS PROMISED!
The family of a 172nd RE-deployed Soldier
I am sure you weren't bitching while spending his money. Get over yourself! You act like your the only one! Let me say, if your soldier bitches as much as you, he isnt a soldier. Soldiers do what they do and bich when its over.
soldier back from iraq

Anchorage, AK

#21 Aug 5, 2006
Deborah Liddiard wrote:
This extended deployment of the 172 nd. who has been in Mousol for the last year and was due home to Alaska this week is just heart breaking. These boys have done a great job. This is a horrible blow to their families who had purchased tickets to Alaska to welcome home their sons and now are having to cancle their trips. The families at home are going through hell every day wondering if today is the day they may lose their son. Every breath they take everday is in hope that their boy will call them and these calls usually come in the middle of the night due to the time change, but at least when they get a call they know their son is o.k. for that minute. I feel very strongly that the Army should have someone call the families personally and let them know what is going on and what to expect in their sons case or at least send out letters of explination to the families. Our family is very proud of our soldier, very proud, he has done his part and more, but it is time for him to come home. From a concerned Aunt of a courageous soldier.
Hey sexist bitch..boys? men? how about female soldiers that were there too? Did you forget them? They did a good job too.

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