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Bush Calls Egypt And Jordan Leaders, Seeks Support On Iraq January 12, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Politics, US News, White House.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–U.S. President George W. Bush sought support for his new Iraq military buildup from Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Friday as skeptical members of Congress undertook a second day of hearings on Bush’s plan.

Bush’s held telephone conversations with the king of Jordan and the Egyptian president Friday morning, National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

“They talked about the way forward in Iraq, Secretary (of State Condoleezza) Rice’s upcoming trip, efforts to make progress on the road map and important regional issues,” Johndroe said.

Also Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee in an effort to persuade lawmakers that the new plan will turn around a bloody conflict that has lasted nearly four years and claimed more than 3,000 U.S. military lives.

Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate intend to hold votes within a few weeks on Bush’s revised Iraq policy. The non-binding resolutions would be one way to show their opposition to any troop buildup and force Republicans to make a choice.

During a series of Capitol Hill hearings Thursday, top administration officials heard scathing criticism of the strategy from Democrats and some Republicans who said they weren’t convinced it represents a change in U.S. military policy.

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