Analsysis: On Iraq, the Gauntlet is Thrown
Council on Foreign Relations
March 28, 2007
Prepared by: Robert McMahon
The president and his mostly Republican supporters have argued the “surge” of over twenty thousand new U.S. troops into the country has not had time to prove itself, with only half of the forces deployed. Bush on Wednesday delivered his most extensive description of progress in surge operations since the strategy went into force two months ago, saying the consequences of legislation with a timetable for pullout would be disastrous. “Our enemies in Iraq would simply have to mark their calendars,” Bush said. An update from Kenneth Katzman of the Congressional Research Service says Baghdad’s death rate is down (PDF), but bombings in “belts” around the capital and area provinces like Diyalah are up. The latest large-scale attack, in Tal Afar, prompted vicious Shiite reprisals (Times Online) against Sunnis in a town that Bush once held up as a model of the progress made in stabilizing Iraq.
Democrats calling for a troop withdrawal have been buoyed by consistently negative public-opinion polling on the war.
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