Bush’s Diplomatic Failures Hurt US Reservists
The way in which reservists have been virtually kidnapped by the Bush administration, with 170,000 now on active duty and many given one-year overseas assignments, may become a political issue in the 2004 elections. Many reservists are small businessmen, whose businesses are in danger because they are absent for so long. Others are losing their mortgages because they can’t make them on military pay. The Bush administration’s intransigence with the UN has ensured that there will be no UNSC resolution on Iraq of the sort that might have made other nations comfortable with sending a division each to Iraq. Bush’s failures in diplomacy will be taken out on the reservists, another 15,000 of whom are now being called up.