Prediction #1: We’re going to see at least some “Big troop cuts”-type headlines tomorrow.
Problem: The list is a partial list, and includes zero Marines.
Prediction #2: Whenever the Marines and any significant additional units get added to the list, we’re going to see “Bush not cutting as many troops as earlier claimed”-type headlines.
The list as it exists right now:
The Pentagon said the following major units will deploy as part of the 2006-2008 rotation:
— 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard.
— 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.
— 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
— 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
— 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
— 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
— 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas.
— Division headquarters, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Notice the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. They’re the first Stryker brigade. They spent a year in Iraq beginning in late 2003.
Why the 2nd ACR, which is currently transforming into the fourth Stryker brigade, isn’t going instead, I do not know.