All Not Well in Iraq; Nor in the U.S.

24 Sept. 2004 | DemocracyNow!

Rumsfeld: Up to 25% Of Iraq May Not Vote in Election
[The nonelected prime minister of Iraq, Ayad] Allawi, vowed the Iraqi elections scheduled for January would go ahead as planned. But Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday revealed that between 20 to 25 percent of the country may not take part in the elections because of continued violence. Rumsfeld admitted it would be “an election that’s not quite perfect.”

Pentagon Plans 15,000 More Troops For Iraq
The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Pentagon has plans to send 15,000 more troops to Iraq ahead of the elections.

Nat’l Guard Falls Short Of Recruiting Goal
In news related to Iraq, the U.S. National Guard is reporting that it will fall short of its recruiting goal for the first time in a decade. The Guard will likely fall about 5,000 members short of its goal of 56,000.

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