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Ballard will offer revised ethics rules

It's called an "FOIA" not an "FIA" (which is a "Forestry Inventory and Analysis") and it only applies to Federal Government. See http://www.state.g ov/m/a/ips/ and http://www.fia.fs. fed.us/  (Mar 3, 2008 | post #81)

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20,000 bid farewell to troops ultimately bound for Iraq

This is hardly "basic training." Besides, every one of our troops has done that prior to coming into the 76th. We spent several long weeks doing individual task training, like weapons firing, first aid, etc. The period at Fort Stewart is aimed at training units collectively to act together. I can't go into details, but it's an intensive several weeks. One in the know likened the first couple of weeks as being akin to "using your 'sack' as a speedbag."  (Jan 3, 2008 | post #52)

The Indianapolis Star

20,000 bid farewell to troops ultimately bound for Iraq

When Iraq is stable enough to defend itself internally and externally without our direct involvement.  (Jan 3, 2008 | post #46)

The Indianapolis Star

20,000 bid farewell to troops ultimately bound for Iraq

Have you been paying attention to what's going on in Iraq, and current U.S. and coalition goals. We're simply working toward a stable Iraq that can police itself, doesn't have major internal struggles, and is capable of defending itself from Iran, etc. A liberal secular society isn't on the radar screen currently. We were pretty well disabused of that notion at the executive level probably since 2005.  (Jan 3, 2008 | post #45)

The Indianapolis Star

20,000 bid farewell to troops ultimately bound for Iraq

Blah, blah, blah. This crap is old and tired, not to mention irrelevant to the truth on the ground in Iraq today.  (Jan 3, 2008 | post #44)

The Indianapolis Star

20,000 bid farewell to troops ultimately bound for Iraq

You apparently have a weak understanding of God. God doesn't make every nitenoid detail occur. God gave us free will, and what we choose to do determines things like war and manmade disasters. Everything ain't hunky dorry because of free will, not some supposed failure on God's part.  (Jan 3, 2008 | post #43)

The Indianapolis Star

20,000 bid farewell to troops ultimately bound for Iraq

Why do you feel the need to bring up this crap?  (Jan 3, 2008 | post #42)

The Indianapolis Star

20,000 bid farewell to troops ultimately bound for Iraq

Gee, thanks for the bad news. Do you LIVE just to say stuff like this that has NOTHING to do with the story???? Get a life.  (Jan 3, 2008 | post #41)

The Indianapolis Star

20,000 bid farewell to troops ultimately bound for Iraq

Thanks for your diatribe. Frankly, it's tired and stale like week old bread.  (Jan 3, 2008 | post #37)

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Soldier receives leave extension to stay with sick son

Which "military experts?" Westmoreland's generals were still trying to fight the VC and PAVN (NVA) like they were fighting in WW II against the Germans, and maybe the Japanese. You can't fight the VC that way, and PAVN realized quick it couldn't fight against us if our Artillery could be effectively brought into the fight, so they'd grab us by the belt (get in close inside our 50 yard line, so to speak, where our shells would hit friendly troops. Gen. Abrams, himself a Tank Battalion commander in WW II, realized that our tactics needed to change, get away from body counts, and hit them first. So we sent out units like the Indiana Rangers (Co. D, 151st Infantry) who would find PAVN units so we could hit them hard first. Dangerous job, but highly effective. Unfortunately, the RVN political and most of it's military structure was rotten to the core. We were propping up a rotten tree. WE really didn't lose the VN war, except RVN was going to collapse under it's own weight, politically and militarily. North Vietnam was just waiting for us to leave so they could lay waist to the ARVN.  (Jan 1, 2008 | post #86)

The Indianapolis Star

As war changes, so do troops

Nailed it square on the head! We have to deal with "dead enders" in the U.S. too.  (Jan 1, 2008 | post #71)

The Indianapolis Star

As war changes, so do troops

We can argue until we're blue in the face, and beyond (I think we're there now) about whether the war was justified in Mar 2003, but that's not really germane to the question about whether we should continue the war or end it. You can't argue ending the war solely on the rightness of beginning it. You have to consider the totality of the situation--i.e. what would the effects be of us skipping out and leaving the Iraqis hanging out to dry. Truth is, we would likely be hanging more out to dry than just the Iraqis. Possibly the whole region, and that has HUGE implications for the global economy.  (Jan 1, 2008 | post #70)

The Indianapolis Star

As war changes, so do troops

You must be running out of replies. Of course, when you use the same old tired "get out of Iraq NOW" material, go figure. Apparently, you haven't been paying much attention or know much about Islamic Extremism, or you'd realize this is for all the marbles.  (Jan 1, 2008 | post #69)

The Indianapolis Star

As war changes, so do troops

Don't believe everything you read.  (Jan 1, 2008 | post #68)

The Indianapolis Star

As war changes, so do troops

Have you been paying attention to the news lately? Six months straight the violence is at record lows, and the Iraqis are celebrating New Years in the streets.  (Jan 1, 2008 | post #67)

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