The Iraq deployment of the Army's 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Germany 'will not begin its deployment for Iraq in early May, as scheduled,' Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman announced Monday.
The 3,500 troops, who are based in Schweinfurt, were supposed to begin the deployment this week, starting with moving the brigade's heavy equipment toward the Middle East by rail, Whitman said.
Instead, the unit's deployment is 'on hold,' Whitman told Pentagon reporters.
If this is not politically motivated, it is great news. But it's timing, like the weekly security alerts of 2004, makes it appear that politics is at least part of the equation.