An embed with any military can involve practically surrendering to their logistics. Everything from transport to food is supplied. Journalists find the lack of independence tough, but there are very few alternative avenues to cover the story. The aircraft and vehicles in which you are cocooned can be some of the most advanced on the modern battlefield - and at times some of the most uncomfortable. Time on the ground among the local population is often short and occasionally tense.
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I also like to know if the president is considering all options besides a surge. For how long is the next deployment for the troops stationed in America?
I would like to know what the troops think about sending an extra 40,000 troops? do they think that the extra troops would help or not? Also do they think the president is considering all options besides a surge?
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