Military considers sending as many as 35,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq by Mitch E. Perry12/15/06
Yesterday Arizona Senator John McCain said that American military commanders are discussing the possibility of adding as many as 10 more combat brigades Ã¢â‚¬â€œ maximum of about 35,000 troops Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to bring Iraq under control.
Denis McDonough is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal Washington think tank. He says the question is: how would these new troops be utilized? (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?resolve this problemÃ¢â‚¬?)
There is one interesting dilemma in the debate about increasing troop strength in Iraq.
Some of the top U.S. military leaders may not want it.
General George Casey, the top commander in Iraq, is said to be cautious, saying that although an increase COULD lower violence in Baghdad, it could also encourage IraqÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political leaders to delay tough decisions needed to stop the slide towards anarchy.
General John Abizaid, leader of Central Command, has also made ambivalent remarks.
Those military leaders reluctance to embrace increased troops are now being criticized by conservative pundits.
In todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NY Post, columnist John Podhoretz blasts such military leaders, saying that their strategy in fighting the war has been wrong Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and now theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re reluctant to admit that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been wrong. He writes that maybe its time to listen to political scientists.
But The Center for American ProgressÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Denis McDonough says it would be foolhardy for the Bush Administration at this point NOT to listen to the American commanders on the ground in Iraq, like he says he always has (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?stripes to doÃ¢â‚¬?)
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Denis McDonough, from the Washington based Center for American Progress.