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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

82nd Airborne to Iraq isn't passing the smell test?

Something doesn't jibe here...

I found on the news tonight that the Pentagon is sending 700 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg to Iraq. Supposedly to be guard detail over detained insurgents and other prisoners.

Why are so many of the 82nd Airborne, a paratrooper division - and one of the most elite units of soldiers in the entire Army - being sent in to do something so relatively, well... un-paratrooperish as transporting prisoners and bolstering prison defenses?

Say I'm seeing too much into it, but this is something like flying a 747 into the regional airport at Hooterville. You don't bring in the 82nd Airborne unless it's for really major operations, usually. That's what they're trained for. That's what they're expecting. Either the Pentagon is getting very hard-up desperate for more soldiers to fill out the ranks in an existing theater of operations... or they're looking at expanding that theater of operations. Or possibly opening up an entirely new one.

But hey, as I've said before: I'm just a guy with a blog. What do I know?