The White House announced Monday that it will be deploying
troops from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America to quell civil
unrest in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
“These troops knew they were signing up to serve their country
when they joined the scouts,” Press Secretary Tony Snow said at
a Monday morning press conference.
Snow said the president made this move in response to from Republican
Senator John McCain’s call for 20,000 more troops.
“I really don’t think they got what I was saying,”
McCain said in response.
“We didn’t get into this all willy-nilly,” President
Bush said during a televised address from the Oval Office Monday night.
“We’re only sending scouts with their Rifling merit badges
to the front lines.”
Bush said the rest of the scouts would be used for “logistics
and, well, maybe a little counter-intelligence.”
On the home front, scouts are preparing to ship out to Iraq.
“They say I’m going to be in charge of my own unit,”
said Eagle Scout Harold Waldman, 17, from BSA Troop 90 of Timberlake,
The president says he’ll wait to see if the scout troops are “ready
enough” for peacekeeping in Lebanon and Korea.