The White House reportedly is looking at a “surge” of 20,000 to 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, but former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell cast doubts on the strategy: “I am not persuaded that another surge of troops into Baghdad for the purposes of suppressing this communitarian violence, this civil war, will work,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
There aren’t enough troops to lock down Baghdad, Powell said, and the military already is overextended and “almost broken.”
He added: “There needs to be a clear mission that these additional troops are going to be performing.”
That’s the bottom line: Is a troop buildup, especially a short-term one, really going to make a difference in stabilizing Iraq? Or is this political window dressing whose main result will be more dead American soldiers?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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