Friday, April 13, 2007

Editorial (Seattle Post Intelligencer): Envision an end

President Bush is bringing the costs of his war to the homes of U.S. soldiers.

This war is not going well, despite whatever measures of modest progress we all want to believe we see. We cannot imagine that any U.S. leader wanted to extend service rotations to 15 months in Iraq and Afghanistan for active-duty soldiers.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, "Our forces are stretched, there's no question about that." He chose the duty extension over an even less-palatable option, shortening troops' home assignments between tours in combat zones.

Troops, their families and their loved ones will do their best to cope with the increased hardship. But there's no end in sight.

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