Fred Kagan yesterday went to National Review — home to countless tough guy warriors like him who fight nothing — to argue against Senator Webb’s bill. There is no need to give our troops more time away from the battlefield, Kagan types. Besides, doing that would be too administratively difficult (“this amendment would actually require the Army and Marine Corps staffs to keep track of how long every individual servicemember had spent in either Iraq or Afghanistan, how long they had been at home, how long the unit that they were now in had spent deployed, and how long it had been home”).

Tracking when individual soldiers and units are shipped in and out of theater is too hard? They should already have this data: soldiers are paid extra when deployed.

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  • Len

    Hey, you have to type to run a database query! Do you want the Army and Marine clerks to get carpal tunnel syndrome?

    Why do you hate America?

  • Private Blackburn: So, what’s it like?
    Specialist Grimes: What’s what like?
    Blackburn: Mogadishu. The fighting.
    Grimes: Firstly, it’s “the Mog” or simply “Mog”. No one calls it “Mogadishu” here. Secondly, I wouldn’t know about the fighting, so don’t ask.
    Blackburn: Why not?
    Grimes: Didn’t I just say, “Don’t ask”? Look, kid, you look like you’re about twelve, so let me explain something to you. I have a rare and mysterious skill that precludes me from going on any missions.
    Blackburn: Typing.
    Grimes: Can you type?

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