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Bush works on details of new Iraq strategy

January 7, 2007

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— President Bush worked Saturday to finish his new war plan that could send as many as 20,000 additional U.S. troops to Iraq and provide more money for jobs and reconstruction programs.

Military officials say Bush is considering sending two to five brigades - up to 20,000 troops - to help tamp down violence that is preventing political reconciliation and rebuilding efforts in Iraq. The idea of a troop buildup is getting a cool reception on Capitol Hill and from some military leaders who claim there is no military solution to the problems in Iraq, where 140,000 troops already are deployed.

Some military officials say Bush initially could dispatch 8,000 to 10,000 new troops to Iraq and leave himself the option of sending more later.

The strategy Bush will unveil also will address political and economic issues.

Comments

maxtin 8 years, 6 months ago

How about sending more troops and aid to the winnable (and justified) war in Afghanistan instead.

Mkh 8 years, 6 months ago

This is going to be nothing more than yet another monumental failure of the "W" administation. What possible good can 20,000 more troops do to help play the "find the missing IED" game?

What is even worse is how our "surge" will be viewed by the Iraqi people. If we send in more units to the Sunni neiborhoods, killing innocent civilians while trying to weed out the "insurgents", we will only be seen as taking the side of the Shiite militias, including Al Sadar.

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