The President went on the road to try to drum up support for his new policy. "Bush picked about the friendliest audience he could find--soldiers at Fort Benning," CBS' Jim Axelrod observed, "but even rallying the troops is now a challenge. The mood was polite but muted." ABC's Martha Raddatz (subscription required) gave us a hint why military support may be turning lukewarm. In a "major policy shift" soldiers in the National Guard will no longer enjoy the promised five-year break between overseas deployments and those already in Iraq may now be ordered to stay longer than the single year they were told to expect.
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