more reservists to be activated for Iraq war
- The following article, attributed to the Associated Press, appeared on page
A20 of the Friday, October 17, 2003 edition of the Arizona Republic. The
legitimate purpose of the National Guard and the Army Reserves is the
emergency defense of the American homeland in time of invasion, not to assist
any colonial adventure the president conjures. It's time there was a mutiny
to remind Mr. Bush of that.
Now that the United Nations has officially approved the American occupation
of Iraq as a fait accompli, perhaps we will at least have the benefit of
purging the so-called anti-war movement in the USA of the "let the U.N.
set it straight" crowd. Since Syria approved the resolution, maybe they'll
send troops, and maybe the troops will switch sides :-)
MORE CALL-UPS OF RESERVISTS BEING PLANNED
Washington--The Pentagon is drawing up plans to mobilize more forces from the
National Guard and Reserves for duty in Iraq in the expectation that too few
international troops will be available by early next year, officials said
The additional reservists have not been notified because Pentagon planners
have not been notified because Pentagon planners have yet to decide which
units to call on, and there remains a chance that international troops can be
The extra forces, which could turn out to be a mixture of international
troops, active-duty Marines and National Guard reserve soldiers, are to
replace active-duty units due to return home.
"There are combat support and combat service support units in the reserve
component that proobably have not been notified yet," General Richard Myers,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a news conference at the
"They will be notified in plenty of time to give them all the notification
they need and all the training," he added.
Some members of Congress said it was time to bring home some reservists in
A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John McCain,
Republican of Arizona, said, "If we don't ease the burden on the Guard and
Reserves, we're going to have a retention problem."