Shifting one Stryker brigade slated for Iraq to Afghanistan just meant that a different Stryker brigade would have to deploy to Iraq to take its place.
But Greyhawk makes an observation that had not occurred to me:
Read the first entry in this series for details of the preparations made by the Stryker Brigade for an Iraq deployment – 10-month Arabic language schools being just part of the training rendered useless by a reassignment to a country where the locals don’t speak it.
Of course, “intensive, 10-month Arabic language training” and “exercises… where they had to help their commanders negotiate with native-speaker role players” were now useless – but if they were no longer needed in Iraq, so be it.
But they were needed in Iraq – just not as badly as the Obama administration needed to make it appear that troops initially slotted for Iraq were going to Afghanistan instead – seemingly making good on a key campaign promise. So with much fanfare the Iraq drawdown (consisting entirely of the Stryker Brigade)/Afghanistan surge (Strykers plus a Marine unit) was announced, and subsequent polls indicated Americans were wildly enthusiastic about the idea.
Let’s recall a previous Stryker brigade deployment moved up in the schedule: The latest “rush to war” in which the media fell over itself fretting about units being “surged” into Iraq by President Bush without having completed all of the planned training.
Which unit was that particular article about? Oh, it was the 4th Brigade, 2nd Division. The same brigade that is being sent to Iraq early to fill in for the brigade being shifted to Afghanistan. I wonder where all the hysterics over sending unprepared troops into the combat zone are this time around. (Not really.)
How the times have changed.