Gen. David H. Petraeus the top American military commander in Iraq told Congress today that by next summer, the United States should be able to reduce its troop strength there to about 130,000, or what it was before the recent increase, starting with a Marine Unit then an Army Brigade. Returning to the “pre-surge” troop strength can probably be done without jeopardizing the hard-won progress made in Iraq and he sees eventual success.
With so much depending on how the statistics are collected and interpreted, policymakers in Washington are confused.
I have said long before I got my hands on this report almost 3 years ago that it was obvious what Bush's real intentions are in the middle east. He needed a reason to get back in there and 9/11 gave him the excuse and the Patriot Act the power to abuse in doing it. It was obvious in his march to war in Iraq that he was going to say whatever he had to in order to get there and he will do anything to stay there.