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Iraq war predictions were a little off

The National Security Archives have just secured a pre-Iraq war slideshow by the US military given to civilian leaders detailing their projections on how Iraq would look 3, 12, 45 months after invasion. At this point in the conflict (we are just beginning the 47th month of the war) we are beyond their scope of prediction. The last prediction given in the slide show is 45 months at which point we should be completely disengaged with direct military action, with a possibility of 5,000 troops in the area just in case.

Surprise! Last month President Bush approved another troop increase of 20,000 troops which would bring the total number above 150,000.

Thanks to the “National Security Archives”:http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/ for their work in securing the information. I”m just glad people still now what the Freedom of Information Act is. For more detail, check out the “New York Times article”:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/15/washington/15military.html?ex=1329195600&en=ab52e1ac30c1c717&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss that led me to this interesting revelation.

Military tech goes domestic

Night-vision, laser-guided bombs and wrinkle-free cloth. In case you don”t spend much time hanging around Army bases, the Army has new duds. These uniforms are not only better for camouflage (they use a muted and pixelated pattern that is far harder to pick out in any situation) but they”re also wrinkle and stain-free. I remember watching an episode of "Mail Call" with R. Lee Ermey about the new uniforms a few years ago and I have to say, it is a lot harder to spot people in these. For the individual soldier there is an added blessing to making it harder to shoot him or her, they also can”t be pressed and the Timberland-style suede boots can”t be polished. This new Army, they don”t have to polish boots and Haliburton peels their potatoes. Next thing you know Blackwater will be doing their fighting. If you want to know more about the new uniforms, peruse this New York Times article. rnrnFor a fancy diagram of the uniform changes, look here.