Al-Anbar, Iraq (Rotters) – Citing tremendous successes with his surge strategy during a surprise visit to Iraq, President Bush today announced that the Pentagon would be able to begin sending a number of GIs home early. A dozen serviceman will accompany the president to Australia for his meeting with Australian President John Howard and the APEC conference, after which they will return home to an early discharge if desired, with full honors.
The president cited the individuals and the work they had done as evidence that his surge strategy was continuing to pay off. He stated that their sacrifice had ultimately rewarded themselves with an earlier rotation home as many of their comrades have endured extended 15 month or longer tours.
“Iraqi civilian deaths are way up over the last few months,” stated Bush , “which is evidence that Al Qaeda is becoming more desperate. Every dead Iraqi means one more that won’t be attacking our troops or being threatened by Al Qaeda.”
“We’ve all got to continue to make sacrifices in the war on terror,” Bush stated to reporters. “As you might know Laura didn’t accompany me on this trip because of problems with her back. There was plenty of room for her to recline and fly in comfort, but instead she elected to give up her seat for one of these fine young men.”
The White House stated that they were anticipating being able to rotate home another 500 troops by years end, provided Congress elected to continue funding the war effort.