In December, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes stated, “We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq … I would say 20,000 to 30,000-for the specific purpose of making sure those militias are dismantled, working in concert with the Iraqi military.”
– Newsweek, December 5, 2006
President Bush’s path forward in Iraq, unveiled Wednesday evening, largely matches Chairman Reyes’ recommendation. “I’ve committed more than 20,000 additional American troops to Iraq…These troops will work alongside Iraqi units and be embedded in their formations,” Bush stated.
– The White House, January 10, 2007
Chairman Reyes, however, has changed his tune. “We don’t have the capability to escalate even to this minimal level.”…Reyes, who met with Bush on Tuesday to review the plan, said sending more troops removes any incentive the Iraqi government had to take responsibility for the safety of its own citizens.
– El Paso Times, January 11, 2007