I was at home yesterday with my son and watching some video clips from the past two years of his cousins...my brother's sons...and my son said, "hey, can we go visit today?" Well, as it turns out that would have involved a small fourtune for the plane trip. So we settled for a phone call. Got my brother's wife on the horn and chatted for a bit. As it turns out, she had just recieved a call from my brother in Iraq and he said, "Bad News, looks like my tour of duty will be extended until March."
This sucks! He was supposed to be home for the New Year Holiday. Thanks to Bush and his wack job cronies and their de facto draft is still in effect. Why can't they get our troops home as promised rather than extending their stay?
The big difference between Iraq and Vietnam is that people were allowed to make their own decisions about extending their tours of duty. Then again, the draft was overt and took place at the front end of enlistment. This time around, folks in Iraq, are required to extend, and some of the Nat'l Guard folks end up staying for 1.5 years instead of the 4 months promised. Now, if you ask me, that is not fair, and there is nothing voluntary about that. Another rouse by the president to keep our people over there to protect their oil interests. Why don't the Cheney's and The Bush's send their children over to fight and let my brother come home and be the father he is supposed to be. Instead, again the folks who talk about family values, don't practice policy that supports and values familys...just their own.