Bush could double force by Christmas
The Bush administration is quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq this year, an analysis of Pentagon deployment orders showed Monday.
The little-noticed second surge, designed to reinforce U.S. troops in Iraq, is being executed by sending more combat brigades and extending tours of duty for troops already there.
The actions could boost the number of combat soldiers from 52,500 in early January to as many as 98,000 by the end of this year if the Pentagon overlaps arriving and departing combat brigades.
Separately, when additional support troops are included in this second troop increase, the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq could increase from 162,000 now to more than 200,000 -- a record-high number -- by the end of the year.
The numbers were arrived at by an analysis of deployment orders by Hearst Newspapers.
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He knows the Dems aren't going to really do anything about him or the VP so he's going right ahead with his headstrong and hardnosed attitude towards the war. Nobody and no thing tells Georgie what to do...especially a goddamned piece of old paper like the Constitution.
You remember it , don't you George? You swore to uphold it....twice!