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Raise your hands if you find this shocking:<br><br>
"In the latest signs of strains on the military from the war in Iraq, the Army National Guard announced on Thursday that it had <b>fallen 30 percent below</b> its recruiting goals in the last two months and would offer new incentives, including enlistment bonuses of up to $15,000.<br><br>
"In addition, the head of the National Guard Bureau, Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, said on Thursday that he <b>needed $20 billion</b> to replace arms and equipment destroyed in Iraq and Afghanistan or left there for other Army and Air Guard units to use, so that returning reservists will have enough equipment to deal with emergencies at home.<br><br>
"The sharp decline in recruiting is significant because National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers now make up nearly 40 percent of the 148,000 troops in Iraq, and are a vital source for filling the ranks, particularly those who perform essential support tasks, like truck drivers and military police."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/17/politics/17reserves.html?ei=5094&en=ba6801121d30fa22&hp=&ex=1103259600&adxnnl=1&oref=login&partner=homepage&adxnnlx=1103260139-VImxtUCa33TkEtSWNR7Hdw&pagewanted=print&position=" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/17/po...rint&position=</a>
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot">:<br><br>
Let's hear a big "Yay!" for all the young men and women who have got wise to this war and aren't signing themselves away for Bush's stupidity...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot">:
 

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Count me shocked <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 
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