Georgie has repeatedly stuttered that he will send more troops to Iraq when the commanders on the ground ask for them. Well, they’re asking.
Senior U.S. military commanders in Iraq say it is increasingly likely they will need a further increase in combat forces to put down remaining areas of resistance in the country.
Convinced that the recent battle for Fallujah has significantly weakened insurgent ranks, commanders here have devised plans to press the offensive into neighborhoods where rebels have either taken refuge after fleeing Fallujah or were already deeply entrenched.
But the forces available for these intensified operations have become limited by the demands of securing Fallujah and overseeing the massive reconstruction effort there — demands that senior U.S. military officers say are likely to tie up a substantial number of Marines and Army troops for weeks.
The officers said the exact number of extra troops needed is still being reviewed but estimated it at the equivalent of several battalions, or about 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers. The number of U.S. troops in Iraq fell to nearly 100,000 last spring before rising to 138,000, where it has stayed since the summer.
John McCain says we need 40-50,000 additional troops. I don’t see either Chimpy or Rummy agreeing to that figure. Which means continued failure in Iraq.