We've been hearing rumors that Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) would be taking on a bigger role in challenging the president's war policy, and now we're start
July 3, 2007

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We've been hearing rumors that Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) would be taking on a bigger role in challenging the president's war policy, and now we're starting to get the details.

As the Pentagon continues to work on a new rotation strategy that Defense Secretary Robert Gates proposed earlier this year, the Senate will begin debate on the 2008 defense authorization bill with a vote on Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-Va.) amendment that would give troops more time at home between deployments. [...]

Signaling concern with the continuing erratic deployment schedules, the amendment requires the Pentagon to give active-duty troops at least as much time at home as they spent on deployments, and mandates that National Guard and Reserve members get to stay home for three years following their one-year deployments.

“We’re seeing, in many cases, our ground troops burned out,” Webb said at a press conference last week. “The current strategy of this administration has not justified the deployment of troops in this way,” added Webb, who served as secretary of the Navy and assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs during the Reagan administration.

We haven't heard much about the "readiness strategy" in a while, but it's apparently making a comeback.

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