Just in case you missed it, there's no immediate danger of bringing home the troops. The Pentagon announced this afternoon that the tours of all 145,000 active-duty Army soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are being extended from 12 to 15 months. According to an AP story on HuffPost:
Some units' tours in Iraq had already been extended beyond 12 months by varying amounts. The new policy will make deployments more equitable and more predictable for soldiers and for their families, (Robert) Gates said. Unfortunately, there's more.
"I think it is fair to all soldiers that all share the burden equally," he said.
You know, it warms my heart to know that Gates is all about fairness and making the window of opportunity for families to lose their loved ones to death, dismemberment or madness more predictable.
In an unrelated matter, I have just read on Capitol Hill Blue, which is probably as reliable as ersatz journalists, a snippet that included the following:
GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the (Patriot) act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."
"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"
I've heard from two White House sources who claim they heard from others present in the meeting that the President of the United States called the Constitution "a goddamned piece of paper."
Well, isn't that special? If true, Junior proclaimed the document he swore on a Bible to uphold and defend "just a goddamned piece of paper," and in so doing, broke Commandment III whilst pissing off Charlton Heston (assuming he is still alive, but maybe it doesn't matter) in the process.