Monday, September 17
Gates: Less Rest For Weary Troops
Robert Gates said he would urge President Bush to veto a bill by Sen Jim Webb that calls for more home time between deployments to Iraq. Dems probably don't have enough votes to override a veto even if the bill passes- but it makes a good case for how the Repubs are not concerned with the stress this war puts on the troops. Gates called the proposal, "backdoor way" to draw down additional forces." Dems say that this shows the administration is not serious about troop reductions. Gates says that this would force him to make the tours even longer than 15 months and would call up more Reservists and National Guard to fill the gaps. Let's see who wins.