Monday, December 18, 2006

Troop Surge

Reports indicate President Bush is considering a "surge" of troops into Iraq -- as many as 50,000 more troops -- to control violence in Baghdad. Here's some of the reaction:

"I am not persuaded that another surge of troops into Baghdad for the purposes of suppressing this communitarian violence, this civil war, will work." -- Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of staff, appearing on CBS's Face the Nation (more in clip, Courtesy CBS Face the Nation)

"If the commanders on the ground said this is just for a short period of time, we'll go along with that." -- Sen Harry Reid, (D-NV) on ABC's This Week

"In Iraq, we’re on the road to nowhere. Putting more troops on that road is not in the interest of the United States. We have moved troops from Anbar into Baghdad before. There was not only no dent in violence, it’s actually increased." -- Retired Admiral Joe Sestak, Representative-elect (D-PA) on ABC's This Week

“You ought to have something that you believe is military in nature that can be accomplished. Otherwise you are putting people into a risky situation, where they are just more targets for the enemy to shoot at. And if you don't have an understood military objective, I can't see that there is much purpose in doing it.” -- Outgoing Sec of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Fox News, Dec 14

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