Washington, D.C. — 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.