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 Post subject: White House, Joint Chiefs At Odds on Adding Troops
PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:01 pm 
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The Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to U.S. officials familiar with the intense debate.

Sending 15,000 to 30,000 more troops for a mission of possibly six to eight months is one of the central proposals on the table of the White House policy review to reverse the steady deterioration in Iraq. The option is being discussed as an element in a range of bigger packages, the officials said.

But the Joint Chiefs think the White House, after a month of talks, still does not have a defined mission and is latching on to the surge idea in part because of limited alternatives, despite warnings about the potential disadvantages for the military, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House review is not public.


Wasn't sure whether to give this it's own thread, or insert it onto the Powell thread. I think it deserves it's own.

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It is interesting that the Joint Chiefs are saying the same thing as Powell, as far as not committing troops until they know the mission.

It's also very interesting to see the Joint Chiefs finally stand up for their troops against the Salamander in Chief and demand some accountability for once.

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Someone commented the Joint Chiefs didn't come out FOR the troops until after Rummy was out of the picture. Didn't look for a story, maybe later if I have time...

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President Confronts Dissent on Troop Levels
Bush Indicates Military Won't Dictate Numbers; Top General to Retire

By Peter Baker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 21, 2006;

The debate over sending more U.S. troops to Iraq intensified yesterday as President Bush signaled that he will listen but not necessarily defer to balky military officers, while Gen. John P. Abizaid, his top Middle East commander and a leading skeptic of a so-called surge, announced his retirement.

At an end-of-the-year news conference, Bush said he agrees with generals "that there's got to be a specific mission that can be accomplished" before he decides to dispatch an additional 15,000 to 30,000 troops to the war zone. But he declined to repeat his usual formulation that he will heed his commanders on the ground when it comes to troop levels.

Bush sought to use the 52-minute session, held in the ornate Indian Treaty Room in a building adjacent to the White House, to sum up what he called "a difficult year for our troops and the Iraqi people" and reassure the American public that "we enter this new year clear-eyed about the challenges in Iraq." Asked about his comment to The Washington Post this week that the United States is neither winning nor losing the war, Bush pivoted forward. "Victory in Iraq is achievable," he said
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