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Post-'Surge' Readiness Syndrome

Always a keen observer, the tireless Soldier's Dad spells out for the average American a net effect of 'The Surge' in Iraq that is routinely missed, dismissed or ignored.
...At the same time that the top IA Units are being rotated thru Baghdad for what could aptly described as their "Final Exam"...20 new Iraqi battalions are being stood up...so that the coalition doesn't need to "Fill In" for Iraqi units being rotated into Baghdad.

The end result is a larger Iraqi Army that is better equipped and better trained not only in Baghdad..but the outlying provinces.

The surge is the proverbial "One Step Back, Two Steps Forward"
Just one example of why Soldier's Dad should be one of your regular stops.