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Bush adding 21,500 troops to Iraq force - LIVE thread- speech 9pm EST
Yahoo/AP ^ | 1-10-07 | TerenceHunt

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.

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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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; bush; iran; iraq; presbush; syria; troops; wot
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To: furquhart
Given the overt strikes in Somalia, my very strong suspicion is that the whole Ethiopian invasion was a US covert operation - probably with the support of US Special Forces and air power, as well as logistical support.

Absolutely it's no secret we have special ops troops in Djibouti. I also read today they are expecting American boots on the ground in Somalia soon.

681 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:15 PM PST by rhombus
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To: LdSentinal

I heard the same thing...

It said something like we will work with "others" to deal with Iran.

Basically: Israel.


682 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:18 PM PST by TFine80 (The 1994 Revolution Petered Out.... So Let's Try Again and Do It Right!)
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To: armymarinemom

I can't help but wonder: Why is Brit calling the war in Iraq a "conflict"?


683 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:21 PM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: STARWISE
Biggest news from the speech

Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity – and stabilizing the region in the face of the extremist challenge. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.

684 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:24 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Howlin
Will the troops like this speech?<

Heck, yeah..."cut-and-run" talk pisses 'em off. This is the opposite.

The Iraqis will like this, too.

685 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:25 PM PST by Allegra (Vote Dulcie / Finbar 2008)
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To: proud American in Canada

I missed a lot tonight; my husband is listening to the UConn basketball game on the computer and I'm trying to hear the television over the game.


686 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:39 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: racing fan

There's always a learning curve in war. Look to Vietnam, Korea, the World Wars, the Civil War, and the Revolution.


687 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:41 PM PST by furquhart (Time for a New Crusade - Deus lo Volt!)
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To: jveritas
"This is the beautiful surprise in President Bush speech that it was not given to the media in the pre-speech release."

Really? Interesting.

688 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:41 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: STARWISE

Turbin Durbin is going to give the Dems' response.


689 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:42 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Dog

From the speech

"We are also taking other steps to bolster the security of Iraq and protect American interests in the Middle East. I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region. We will expand intelligence sharing – and deploy Patriot air defense systems to reassure our friends and allies. We will work with the governments of Turkey and Iraq to help them resolve problems along their border. And we will work with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and dominating the region."


690 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:48 PM PST by Mo1 (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC AND DONATE)
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To: onyx
Very sensible, yet forceful speech with encouragement and optimism for success.
BRAVO, Mr. President!!!!

I agree. A difficult speech at a difficult time and he handled it very well.

BRAVO from me too!

691 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:49 PM PST by silent_jonny (Nothing Less Than Victory)
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To: proud American in Canada

I'm happy you agree.


692 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:50 PM PST by onyx (DONATE NOW! -- It takes DONATIONS to keep FR running!!)
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To: AliVeritas

WHAT???? DURBIN IS GIVING A RESPONSE??? WHAT THE HECK IS THIS???


693 posted on 01/10/2007 6:24:53 PM PST by Miss Marple (Prayers for Jemian's son,: Lord, please keep him safe and bring him home .)
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To: NormsRevenge

His mom had to nurse that? Sheesh.


694 posted on 01/10/2007 6:25:01 PM PST by AliVeritas (Stop Global Dhimming.)
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To: Peach

Ugh, now the Demonratic response.


695 posted on 01/10/2007 6:25:02 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: txradioguy
Laid it out very plainly for the regular people to understand.

That's how I heard it. Great job, IMO>

Only the Libtards and DUmmies will be confused.

LOL! "Confused on purpose," so to speak.

696 posted on 01/10/2007 6:25:02 PM PST by proud American in Canada ("We can, and we will prevail.")
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To: armymarinemom
Where are we sending a Patriot Missile Battery??

Iraq?

697 posted on 01/10/2007 6:25:02 PM PST by Dog (DEMS--- 5 day work week..............errr...nevermind....100 hours...starting...soon .....MAYBE)
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To: mystery-ak
Brit Hume immediately mentioned that at this stage in President Bush's term that the delivery of the speech...being monotoned and straightforward vs uplifting...doesn't matter.

It's the results....

698 posted on 01/10/2007 6:25:03 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Right_in_Virginia

Yeah.....Durbin of all people.


699 posted on 01/10/2007 6:25:03 PM PST by edpc (The pen is mightier than the sword......until you fight someone.)
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To: mystery-ak

How appropriate that a DICK is responding on behalf of the Democraps


700 posted on 01/10/2007 6:25:13 PM PST by MagUSNRET
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