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I hope the missing soldiers are returned safely to the families, but I find this news article disturbing:

The U.S. military has offered rewards of up to $200,000 for information leading to the return of three missing American soldiers, a U.S. general said Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of U.S. troops south of Baghdad, said the offer was made on 50,000 leaflets distributed in the area where the troops disappeared after a pre-dawn ambush Saturday in which four American troops and an Iraq soldier were killed.

Word of the reward was also broadcast over loudspeakers as part of a massive search involving 4,000 U.S. troops and 2,000 Iraqis, Lynch told The Associated Press.

It just seems to further illustrate the extent to which we're floundering in Iraq.

Note this as well:

The soldiers attacked Saturday were assigned to a small patrol base set up as part of the new U.S. strategy to move troops from large, heavily defended garrisons to live and work among the people.

Critics of the strategy had warned that such small outposts are more vulnerable to attack. Last month, nine American soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near a small patrol base northeast of Baghdad.

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Hey guys, not wanting to "pimp" where I blog, but I have been hammering on this topic relentlessly;

The "surge" is going to require that "housing" be created in the communities where American Soldiers will live and work instead of at their large secured bases. Think of them in terms of something like a whole lot of Army Reserve Centers spread around Baghdad. Needless to say, this will be a security nightmare that I do not want to describe in a public domain.There is a right way and a wrong way to do this and my many friends in that "community" are seeing this go forward in the wrong way. Lastly, there will be a tremendous toll on morale. In addition to living in a constant state of fear, there will be none of the basic "amenities" such as a shower, clean uniforms, hot meals, telephone access or even a running toilet. All of our Soldiers have grown to expect these few amenities over the last few years. Losing theses amenities, coupled with the 24x7x52 fear factor will further undermine combat readiness.

You can easily guess what the reaction has been from the "We support the War long before the troops" faction has been.

The "good news" is that a lot of guys in uniform are being very vocal about this in the planning. Signing off is going higher and higher in the feeding chain.

Larkin- Remember the mantra, "When they step up, we step down?"

Under Abizaid it was going in the direction of "We have to step down so the Iraqis step up."

I could not even tell you what the "plan" is right now, nor could a lot of officers.


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