BBC: President Bush Will Announce Troop Boost in Iraq Soon

According to a report at the Beeb, President Bush will reveal that he will boost troop levels in Iraq:

US President George W Bush intends to reveal a new Iraq strategy within days, the BBC has learnt.

The speech will reveal a plan to send more US troops to Iraq to focus on ways of bringing greater security, rather than training Iraqi forces.

The move comes with figures from Iraqi ministries suggesting that deaths among civilians are at record highs.

The US president arrived back in Washington on Monday after a week-long holiday at his ranch in Texas.

The BBC was told by a senior administration source that the speech setting out changes in Mr Bush’s Iraq policy is likely to come in the middle of next week.

Its central theme will be sacrifice.

The speech, the BBC has been told, involves increasing troop numbers.

The exact mission of the extra troops in Iraq is still under discussion, according to officials, but it is likely to focus on providing security rather than training Iraqi forces.

The proposal, if it comes, will be highly controversial.

Already one senior Republican senator has called it Alice in Wonderland.

So, I wonder who called this plan Alice in Wonderland. Arlen Specter or Richard Lugar perhaps? It is not Alice in Wonderland for us to make a final big push to get Iraq’s security under control. We need to rid the country of the terrorists and Saddam loyalists because we can do it much faster and more effectively if we work with Iraq’s forces rather than just training Iraq’s forces. Dialing down our troops or leaving too soon will cause us to have to go back again later, and by then it would certainly be even worse than it is right now.

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