Reactions Mixed On Presidents New Iraq Strategy

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

A day after delivering his new Iraq strategy in a prime time address, President Bush is hitting the road doing his best to sell the plan. Key members of his administration are also on Capitol Hill defending the new way forward to the new democratically controlled Congress.

It's those being effected immediately that President Bush visited first with a stop at Fort Benning Georgia.

"I made it clear that the patience of the American people is not unlimited and now is the time to act," Bush said.

Bush's plan for the new way forward in Iraq is to send more than 21 thousand fresh troops along with more than one billion dollars for reconstruction programs, a plan that the president's three top advisers defended in congressional hearings on Capitol Hill.

"It's viewed as a temporary surge, but no one has a really clear idea of how long that might be," said Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gates also recommended that President Bush authorize expanding the size of the military adding 92 thousand new soldiers and marines over the next 5 years. But with Democrats in charge of Congress, the President's plan faces challenges.

"I think the American people and everybody on this panel is asking at what point do we say enough is enough," said Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

Here at home, many people didn't want to express their opinions, which reflect that of the Democrats because they say President Bush's plan is so unpopular, even among soldiers who have served in Iraq.

"I don't think it's a good idea. I think we should let the Iraqi's take care of themselves," said Jimmy Williams.

Democrats are discussing a non-binding resolution expressing disapproval for the plan or attaching a list of conditions to the bill that would fund the troop surge.

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