Skip to comments.Bush adding 21,500 troops to Iraq force - LIVE thread- speech 9pm EST
Posted on 01/10/2007 2:30:20 PM PST by STARWISE
Unswayed by anti-war passions, President Bush will send 21,500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq and build the American presence there toward its highest level to quell worsening bloodshed. The move puts Bush on a collision course with the new Democratic Congress and runs counter to advice from some senior generals.
Set to announce his decisions in a prime-time speech Wednesday night, Bush was to acknowledge making major mistakes in Iraq, primarily failing to deploy enough U.S. soldiers and demand more Iraqi troops and cooperation to confront the country's near-anarchy.
In advance of Bush's address, White House counselor Dan Bartlett said U.S. military operations have been "handcuffed by political interference by Iraqi leadership" but now will proceed under rules allowing troops to confront Shiite militias as well as Sunni insurgents.
The new Democratic leaders of Congress met with Bush and complained afterward that their opposition to a buildup had been ignored. "This is the third time we are going down this path. Two times this has not worked," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "Why are they doing this now? That question remains."
Senate and House Democrats are arranging votes urging the president not to send more troops. While lacking the force of law, the measures would compel Republicans to go on record as either bucking the president or supporting an escalation.
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Thanks for the thread!
Why even give a speech? Everything he seems to want to tell us has already been leaked out.
God bless and protect our troops and our Commander in Chief!
He should put in more troops, if they're needed.
Highlights of the Iraq Strategy Review (PDF)
Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials
In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
That was passion and BTW Nixon followed HIS policy anyway.
"America's commitment is not open-ended," he was to say. "If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people and it will lose the support of the Iraqi people."
bbl....gonna have dinner....
Watch LIVE streaming video of President Bush's address to the nation tonight at 9 p.m. EST on FOXNews.com
Go after all the hot spots in Iraq, starting with Sadr city and bomb the cr@^ out of each province until the opposition is wiped out. NO mercy. We should have had this attitude all the way through...don't hamstring the military, just let them clean house. If Iraq president doesn't like it, call a press conference and announce that we are facing opposition from the people we're trying to help and give him a choice: support our efforts to help you or we're out and we're not leaving anything behind!
Thanks for starting the thread. God Bless our President and the United States Military!!
"America's commitment is not open-ended,"
But perhaps it should be. We hung around long enough in Germany and Japan to make sure that the sacrifices of our servicemen and woman were not rendered meaningless.
the AP article wasted no time using the word "bloodshed" in the first sentence.
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Are you serious? This is a speech for the country, the world, our military, but to those that are not that politically engaged to read anything that has leaked. Besides, he needs to go on TV and say it directly to the people rather than have the biased media interpret (i.e., skew) what his plan is.
Of course. I checked maybe 10 late afternoon articles before I could find one that wasn't so prejorative as to be an opinion piece, with most focusing more on the Rats' response and pouting.
Totally agree. He needs to bypass those who disagree with him and use his bully pulpit. One valuable lesson taught to us by President Reagan.
My several relatives who have fought in Iraq and will be going in again are ready!
Even if all of those troops were killed (God forbid!!), there would still be 10,000 fewer American deaths in Iraq in 4 years, than in there were in Korea in 4 years.
I pray he comes out strong and straight forward in his speech. I also pray, he tells it like it is and sets everyone (dems) straight.
God Bless the man and all he has to handle.
Thanks! ABC News at the top of the hour said Nanny P. was upset with the President after the meeting today. In fact, she was ANGRY! Then they reported that Boener "tried" to be upbeat in his remarks....
More like anti-results passions. There would be a lot more support for the WOT if there were tangible results, which have been lacking since the last Iraqi election.
Our President needs to return to be being proactive rather than reactive. This should've been done a year ago.
Well, since my mom never said a bad word about anyone, I won't either but I sure would like to.
And 30,000 troops died in Korea during 2 1/2 years while Truman was president. That's 10 times as many as have died in Iraq under Bush.
34,000 Americans gave their lives for Korean freedom.
3 hours early? :o)
I'm sorry to hear of your loss, and coming on the anniversary of your father's death makes it even doubly hard to take. God's comfort and presence be with you and your family.
Very sorry for your loss, MamaB. What a glorious life and family she had .. you were blessed. Prayers for your peace and comfort.
If Bush would just scrap the existing rules of engagement, we wouldn't need to send in additional troops.
Dear Lord, I pray that our President is empowered by faith in You and receives all the courage, strength and wisdom needed to guide our Country.
God bleses them, socal .. and thank them for their service.
Major Strategic Shifts
Iraqis Are in the Lead in Ensuring Success U.S. in Support Role
Place the responsibility for success on the Iraqis
Recognize and expect that sectarian violence must be addressed by Iraqis
Encourage Iraqis to reach national reconciliation
Urge Iraqi Government to serve Iraqis in an impartial way
The Primary Mission Is Helping Iraqis Provide Security to the Population
Help Iraqis provide greater levels of security in Baghdad in order to enable political and economic progress
Help Iraqis create the security environment in which political deals needed to sustain security gains can be made
Bolster Iraqi capabilities and transfer responsibility to able units as part of this effort
Moderates Will Be Vigorously Supported in their Battle with Violent Extremists
Counter extremist portrayalof Iraqs conflict as Sunni vs. Shia, rather than moderates vs. extremists
Recognize and act upon the reality that the United States has a national interest in seeing moderates succeed
Build and sustain strategic partnerships with moderate Shia, Sunnis, and Kurds
We Will Diversify our Political and Economic Effort in Iraq to Achieve Our Goals
Increase attention to developments outside of the International Zone emphasize flexibility
Help Iraqi provincial governments deliver to their constituents and interact with Baghdad
Extend the political and economic influence through the expansion of our civilian effort
We Will Further Integrate Our Civil and Military Efforts
Harness all elements of national power; further augment joint civilian-military efforts throughout theater
Resource at levels that assume a resilient enemy and realistic assessment of Iraqi capacity over the next 12 months
Embedding Our Iraq Strategy in a Regional Approach is Vital to Success
Iraq is a regional and international challenge
Intensify GOI and USG efforts to expand regional and international help, counter Iran and Syria meddling
Invigorate diplomatic efforts to improve the regional context
We Must Maintain and Expand Our Capabilities for the Long War
Acknowledge that succeeding in Iraq is the immediate challenge, but it is not the last challenge
Ensure we have adequate national capabilities to fight the long war, on the military and civilian side
Do we know the breakdown of combat troops vs support?
10,000 troops with 11,500 back field staff is not much.
I can't WAIT for this speech!!
***And 30,000 troops died in Korea during 2 1/2 years while Truman was president. That's 10 times as many as have died in Iraq under Bush.
34,000 Americans gave their lives for Korean freedom.***
Now THERE'S a good post we don't usually see. Thanks for the information.
Me too,I don't agree with this President on alot of issues,but he is one helluva CIC.
Thank you, Starwise!! BTTT!!!!!
I want names. Which Republicans?