U.S. expands Navy role in IraqAccording to CNN, the additional sailors to be deployed in country is 22,000.
Adm. Michael Mullen, the chief of Naval Operations revealed on Wednesday U.S. plans to deploy more Navy personnel in IRAQ as medical corpsmen and in special operations roles to ease the burden on Army troops.
The move is aimed at lifting the burden on the stressed and stretched U.S. Army in IRAQ, with soldiers doing everything from combat, medical and security duties to countless support operations, the CNN reported.
The U.S. currently has 138,000 troops in IRAQ, of which about 99,000 are Army personnel.
Expect to see this pig to get lipstick (sorry, Torie Clarke, it's called "The Spin Era") from the Bush administration: "Oh, no, we're reducing TROOPS by 22,000!"
Followed quickly by other gaudieized porcine such as Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh fulminating on how, "Well, sailors aren't troops! They're sailors! Who cares where they're deployed! They're just sailors and they won't be doing combat jobs! So the 'troops,' the fighting men and women, are being reduced!"...
...conveniently neglecting the fact that sailors can get blown up just as easily as soldiers.
snarkasm, snarcasm, snarky