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Reid, Pelosi Send Letter To Bush Opposing Troop Surge January 5, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Military News, Politics, US News.

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have sent a letter to President George W. Bush saying they oppose a surge in U.S. troops in Iraq, MSNBC reported Friday.

“Surging forces is a strategy that you have already tried and that has already failed,” the letter said, according to the report.

Bush, who has been consulting with advisers about Iraq, is reportedly considering deploying as many 20,000 more troops to Iraq.

Reid and Pelosi, who took their leadership positions when the current Congress was sworn in Thursday, said the appropriate point for more troops in Iraq has long passed. They said the U.S. should start a phased redeployment of U.S. forces in the next four to six months while focusing more on training, logistics and counter-terrorism as well as a renewed diplomatic strategy.

“Like many current and former military leaders, we believe that trying again would be a serious mistake,” according to the letter, which was posted on Huffingtonpost.com.

“They, like us, believe there is no purely military solution in Iraq. There is only a political solution. 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.”

The letter added, “In short, it is time to begin to move our forces out of Iraq and make the Iraqi political leadership aware that our commitment is not open ended, that we cannot resolve their sectarian problems, and that only they can find the political resolution required to stabilize Iraq.”

Cable News Network also reported on the letter.

The letter, which included references to congressional testimony by U.S. generals, including Gen. John Abizaid, against a troop increase in Iraq, concluded: “We want to do everything we can to help Iraq succeed in the future but, like many of our senior military leaders, we do not believe that adding more U.S. combat troops contributes to success.”


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