Bush weighing deeper commitment in Iraq, officials say

President Bush is weighing whether to make a deeper American commitment in Iraq despite growing public unhappiness with the war, according to senior U.S. officials and former officials familiar with Bush's high-level review.

//www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/nation/16241778.htm



Graham Says 20-Thousand More Troops Needed In Iraq

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham says about 20,000 more American troops are needed if Iraq is going to establish a working democracy.

//www.abcnews4.com/news/stories/1206/380238.html



U.S. considers 35,000 more troops for Iraq

Senator John McCain said that U.S. military commanders were discussing the possibility of adding as many as 10 more U.S. combat brigades — a maximum of about 35,000 troops — to "bring the situation under control" while Iraq's divided political leaders seek solutions to the worsening bloodshed here.

//www.iht.com/articles/2006/12/15/news/military.php



Despite Its $168 Billion Budget

The Army Faces a Cash Crunch: At a time when the war in Iraq is deepening, and debate over pulling out the troops is intensifying, the rising cost of waging the fight is outpacing even the Army's huge budget. The financial squeeze is leaving the Army short of equipment and key personnel.

//tinyurl.com/yyr2w5



Democrats Expected to Increase U.S. Military Spending

This year's Pentagon budget is $436 billion. That amount does not include more than $140 billion that's being spent this year alone on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

//us.oneworld.net/article/view/143817/1/


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