Friday, January 05, 2007
Reid, Pelosi call on president to redeploy Iraq troops
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The new leaders of Congress on Friday urged President Bush not to pour more U.S. troops into the war in Iraq, calling the idea "a strategy that you have already tried and that has already failed."
"Adding more combat troops will only endanger more Americans and stretch our military to the breaking point for no strategic gain. And it would undermine our efforts to get the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future," wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"We are well past the point of more troops for Iraq." Bush has said he will announce a new war strategy next week, and sources with knowledge of the president's deliberations have told CNN that he is likely to order a "surge" of 20,000 to 40,000 U.S. troops to Iraq to bolster the roughly 140,000 now there.
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