Bush’s Iraq plan races against two clocks

Christian Science Monitor

01/12/07

For President Bush’s new plan for Iraq, the clock is already ticking. It appears to face time pressure on at least two fronts. On Capitol Hill, the patience of the Democratic-controlled Congress for the proposal to dispatch 21,500 more US troops to the country is clearly limited. It’s possible that the antipathy of many lawmakers towards the plan could foreshadow a resolution of disapproval — or even attempts to limit funds for the war. In Iraq, the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is supposed to move new Iraqi forces into Baghdad within weeks. If these Iraqi units don’t materialize, the US may be forced to reevaluate its strategy, according to administration officials. Thus by early next month the political and military context for the US troop buildup could look very different than it does today...

//www.csmonitor.com/2007/0112/p25s04-uspo.html


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