Army deserter will return to face consequences—CNN.com I've been hearing about a lot of deserters from the Iraq war lately. Soldiers are not reporting for duty in the conflict, sometimes directly abandoning their posts and fleeing to other countries in the region. Others, like the one who is the focus of this article, flee the United States to Canada after they have returned from their tours. Combined with the (underreported) combat deaths, I imagine that the army is understaffed. The current "stop-loss" program, which has been keeping some soldiers in combat longer than their periods of enlistment, is already indicating major problems. A draft would not be out of the question in these circumstances, especially since Bush doesn't need to worry about re-election. What does everyone make of all this?