He should send more troops to Afghanistan, where al-qaeda has increased its operations five-fold last year. Remember it was al-qaeda who attacked on 911..not iraq. It's mind-boggling to know the Bush Adminstration is losing the war on terror in the post 911 world...the man has unlimited resources and no opposition immediately after 911...yet Islamic radicalism has increased and al-qaeda is stronger than ever...and he still hasn't captured bin Laden. The bipartisan ISG disagrees with troop escalation...Colin Powell disagrees...even neocon Oliver North disagrees...and almost all the White House staff and the Generals disagree. Troop escalation means an escalation of american deaths...an escalation of innocent Iraqi deaths...
Bush's escalation announcement is simply the "latest repackaging of a program that's been wrapped and rewrapped many times." When Bush sent increased U.S. forces into Baghdad in June 2006, the security situation actually deteriorated further and violence increased. One Bush administration official admitted that the escalation plan is "more of a political decision than a military one" and military commanders have made clear to the President that U.S. forces are already overstretched. As Bush noted in June 28, 2005, sending more troops to Iraq will "undermine our strategy of encouraging Iraqis to take the lead" and "suggest that we intend to stay forever."
It is clear that Bush did not listen to the American public when figuring out the way forward in Iraq. A recent CBS poll found that just 18 percent of the American public supports an escalation of involvement in Iraq. He also didn't heed the advice of his military commanders. The Joint Chiefs of Staff were unanimously opposed to the escalation. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who publicly declared in December that he does not support escalation, "is caustic in private about the proposed 'surge,'" columnist Robert Novak reported. Military commanders also told the President that they had just 9,000 soldiers and Marines available to go to Iraq. Bush also ignored advice from America's "allies abroad." British Prime Minister Tony Blair made clear that he will not send more U.K. troops to Iraq, but will instead "stick to its own strategy of gradually handing over to the Iraqi army." The ISG also did not recommend an escalation in troops in its recent report, and group member Leon Panetta told Newsweek that increasing troops will send the "wrong message to the Iraqis."
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