Drawdown is a "believe it when I see it" sort of thing for me. And I was just starting to buy in. So little of our battalion is deploying on this rotation that, just a few months out, they haven't even yet said who is going. Gone seem the days where everyone rolled out like clockwork.
I know, I know. The President says that only a handful of folks are going, and they are only there to do training. Heck, they aren't even receiving combat pay (don't even get me started on that).
But whenever troops go anywhere, a major part of me wonders if my own personal troop will be next. Don't you?
We could debate endlessly all the reasons Iraq's stability is or is not important to the U.S. But when it comes to whether or not our family will be dealing with deployment, debate doesn't really make one ounce of difference. Our service members go where they are told, when they are told -- whether they agree with the politics behind it or not.
But that doesn't change how I feel about it.
And so as only a small detachment of troops roll back out to Iraq, I'm left wondering if drawdown isn't a fake-out, after all.
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