Sssh... don't tell the troops - it's a secret?
The war supporters are forever laying the demise of troop morale on the doorstep of us anti-war/liberals/progressives/dirty fucking hippies (take your pick). So I suppose this bone-headed inattention to detail just cheered our guys up immensely.
A day after Mr. Bush announced the troop increase in a televised speech, the National Guard in New Jersey told family members that their relatives would have to stay on. The news quickly made it back to the troops in Iraq through anguished phone calls and e-mail.The Pentagon's response? Oops -- sorry -- just another “breakdown in the chain of command on the ground in Iraq.” What a sorry excuse for military "command." I certainly hope they do a better job of informing our troops on where to deploy in order to enact the "new grand plan" than they have in keeping them informed on the length of their deployments.
Not until Sunday — four days after Mr. Bush’s speech — were the troops notified by their Army commanders, after Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey made two phone calls to Army officials.