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Posted on Mar 7, 2007

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon has agreed to a request from our man in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, to send an additional 2,200 military police. Gates said the number would not count against the 21,500 combat troops or the 2,400 support troops Bush plans to send. Earlier, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said the number of support troops could jump to 7,000.


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Gates said that the request for extra MPs is in addition to the 21,500 combat troops that President Bush is sending for the Baghdad security plan and 2,400 other troops designated to support them.

Gordon England, the deputy defense secretary, told Congress earlier this week that the number of required support troops could reach 7,000.

“That’s a new requirement by a new commander,” Gates said of the request for more MPs by Gen. David Petraeus, who assumed command in Baghdad last month. He added that there were other troop requests still being considered in the Pentagon; he gave no specifics.

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By Dale Headley, March 8, 2007 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment
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There is a troubling disconnect here.  Americans seem to have the delusion that Bush & Cheney - however incompetently - are trying their best to implement a plan that will get us out of Iraq with honor (remember Viet Nam?), and with a free, democratic government in Baghdad.  But the painful truth is that the neocons behind Bush have no intention of EVER leaving Iraq, NO MATTER WHAT.  Americans don’t seem to realize that the oil is there; why in the world would Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, et al, ever allow Bush to leave?  Freedom and democracy?  What a joke!  Iraq is slated to be a puppet slave state to American financial and hegemonic interests. And don’t bet that the next President, even if he or she is a Democrat, will do otherwise.  Bush will leave Iraq ONLY if he’s forced out by the Iraqis themselves, who desire nothing more fervently.

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By Quy Tran, March 8, 2007 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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The butcher needs more blood to decorate his image and prestige.

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By Steve Hammons, March 8, 2007 at 6:01 am Link to this comment
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The deceptions and spin from the Bush-Cheney administration about the occuapation of Iraq are not working anymore. Americans are not buying their lies.

The US is now near the top of the international list of disliked and mistrusted countries. This, of course, is not really because of the fundamental fabric of America or Americans. It is because of the Bush-Cheney administration and their dark association with the neocons, war profiteers, warmongers and chicken hawks.

For America to turn this around, a first step seems to be honesty with ourselves about the situation, and then more truthfulness internationally. For more on this, the article below may be of interest:

“U.S. public relations on Iraq, Iran need truth and honesty”

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
February 21, 2007

http://www.populistamerica.com/us_public_relations_on_iraq_iran_need_truth_and_honesty

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By Bukko in Australia, March 8, 2007 at 5:57 am Link to this comment
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Remember back, so long ago, to LAST OCTOBER?!? That’s when there were whispers of this semi-secret group led by James Baker that maybe, somehow, was going to suggest a way to ease out of Iraq, so people could go ahead and vote Rethuglican because it was going to be solved. Half a year later, what are we talking about? How many more troops will be thrown into the meat grinder!

The left wing has known that the occupation of the Babylon Oil Colony is lost. They should come home. The bulk of the American population has reached that conclusion too. Now it’s apparent to this member of the left wing that the only way U.S. troops are going to get out is after a massive DEFEAT. I don’t know what’s going to trigger it—perhaps a U.S. attack on Iran—but I’m afraid there’s going to be some Tet Offensive event that will see 10,000 American troops killed in a month. Then they’ll have to fight their way out when the roads that carry their fuel tankers and replacement bullets are under constant attack.

Maybe a disaster can be avoided if a groundswell of people show up on the streets for the next worldwide day of protest March 17. Only if there’s an overwhelming display of public pressure will Congress pay attention. If you just stand on a corner with a cardboard sign saying “Save the Troops” that’s something. Or you could wait for the news of the massacre, or the nuke strike, to come to a TV screen near you.

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