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This LA Times piece Kathryn noted says the Pentagon favors a surge.

This Washington Post story says the State Department favors a surge: “Other options under consideration include a short-term increase of 15,000 to 30,000 additional U.S. troops to secure Baghdad, a plan supported by the State Department…”

The New York Times has Hadley talking up a surge: “The idea of a surge has been raised repeatedly by Stephen J. Hadley.”

So who opposes a surge? Apparently Pace and Abizaid. The New York Times goes on to note that the idea of a surge “has prompted skepticism from commanders on the ground about its effectiveness. Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is not expected to advocate a surge when he briefs Mr. Bush at the Pentagon on Wednesday.” The LA Times says, “Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, has long argued that increasing the size of the force would be counterproductive, angering the very people the U.S. was trying to help.”

So this will be a real gut-check moment for Bush. Will he continue to defer to his top military commanders, even when their approach is failing? Or will he exercise his power as commander-in-chief and really run the war?



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