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Bush To Hear Military Concerns Today About Heavy Troop Deployments In Iraq

WHITE HOUSE (AP) - President Bush heads to the Pentagon today to
get unvarnished recommendations from the Joint Chiefs of Staff
about troop deployments in Iraq.

Major General Richard Sherlock says each chief will get to speak
privately with the commander-in-chief. It does not appear that the
session is intended to work out a consensus military view.

The most anticipated assessment will come later from General
David Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq.
The president is required to update Congress on Iraq by September
15th.

Even with congressional investigators ready to issue a bleak
report card on Iraq, Press Secretary Tony Snow says the White House
isn't ready to concede a change in course just yet. In recent
public statements, Bush has suggested he intends to stick to his
Iraq strategy.


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