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Bush sends more troops to Iraq

  1. Feb 1, 2007 #1
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  3. Feb 2, 2007 #2

    verty

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    Channel One is that TV channel for schools, right? Seems an odd place to look for news. Also, this question is rather devoid of content.
     
  4. Feb 4, 2007 #3

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    Likely they need more troops to support the Iraqi military/police - particularly in Baghdad.

    But the democrats seem to be opposing this move - or making it difficult.

    Democrats in no-confidence move against Bush on Iraq

    This seems rather disingenous of the democrats since -
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/19/AR2006121900880.html

    Now Lt. Gen. David Petraeus has called more for more troops.
    http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansa...91.htm?source=rss&channel=kansascity_politics

    Petraeus did a reasonable good job as commander of the 101st. He could have done better if the administrator and military leaders had a proper plan which had been properly implemented in the first place starting in April 2003.

    But we'd better have a darn good idea of the followup. And right now it doesn't look good.
     
  5. Feb 7, 2007 #4

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    Cost of war

    I am wondering what Bush and his pals will do for the Vets of their war.

    The Costs of War: A Study Reignites the Debate Over Soldiers' Trauma
     
  6. Feb 8, 2007 #5
    What i have seen in working with combat vets from Nam: group and individual therapy was offered. This is where it gets sticky, once it is an accepted diagnosis and has signs and symptoms associated with it, malingering becomes part of the differential diagnosis. Thats why I guess the prevalence is "controversial". Its real, but whether genuine in a particular case,hard to prove. To all, buy the latetst Time magazine---the Brain Owners Manual. Good read.
     
  7. Feb 8, 2007 #6

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    I spent time with a Green Beret and other combat vets from Nam. The each dealt with the stresses in different ways, but they were affected. Some guys would fly of the handle over little stuff, others were quiet - almost withdrawn.

    The descriptions of what they saw and what they did are would probably make most people uncomfortable or in some cases ill.
     
  8. Feb 8, 2007 #7
    No doubt. A few hours of helmet cam footage on TV, or hey how about a few stills even, would put an end to this "war" in no time. The Military channel I guess is doing something along these lines, but haven't tuned in yet.

    PTSD is a curious illness. I'm not a traumatologist (no i didn't make up the term), some guys seem extraordinarily resilient, while others seem haunted for life from the ghosts of the past. In my limited experience, the medics seem to be represented disproportionately.

    This one is gonna have worse fallout w/ respect to mental casualties, I'm guessing, on account of the randomness of it all. Odd thing to say about war, I suppose, but when you never know when you're coming home or blown up, I should think that would exact a toll. At least the Nam guys generally knew where the enemy was, (molitov toting kids notwithstanding) and when their term was up.
     
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