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more reservists to be activated for Iraq war

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    The following article, attributed to the Associated Press, appeared on page A20 of the Friday, October 17, 2003 edition of the Arizona Republic. The
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 17, 2003
      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 :-)

      --Kevin Walsh

      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
      Thursday.

      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
      used, instead.

      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
      Pentagon.

      "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
      Iraq.

      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."
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