News accounts say the Pentagon has abandoned the 24 month active-duty time limit on the Guard and Reserve.
I’m not sure what if anything this means but in August (8/8/06 post), Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, the chief of the Army Reserve explicitly told Stars and Stripes that the only person who could decide this is the President…
The 24-month limit is an increasing problem as the Army Reserve is now entering its second cycle of yearlong Iraq and Afghanistan deployments, Stultz said.
The only person who can decide to ease the Army Reserve’s personnel shortfall is Bush, who alone has the power to expand the mobilization order to include second involuntary yearlong deployments, Stultz said.
“It has to be a presidential decision,” he said. “We don’t have the authority.”
The AP story says the Pentagon dropped the limit and there is no mention of the Prez (as in an decision/order). Am I or are we missing something? Just asking in light of this…
Washington intelligence, military and foreign policy circles are abuzz today with speculation that the President, yesterday or in recent days, sent a secret Executive Order to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director of the CIA to launch military operations against Syria and Iran (emphasis mine)
If it is accurate that only the Prez can order expanding the time limit then that order has to be somewhere right?