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Bachmann supports sending more troops to Iraq

The top commander in Iraq disagrees with the "McCain Doctrine" of sending thousands more U.S. troops to Iraq...

Today at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, CentCom commander
Gen. John Abizaid rejected McCain’s calls for increased U.S. troop
levels in Iraq, saying that he “met with every divisional commander,
Gen. Casey, the core commander, Gen. Dempsey? and asked them if
bringing “in more American troops now, [would] add considerably to our
ability to achieve success in Iraq and they all said ‘no.’? Watch it:
The Joint Chiefs of Staff are unanimously opposed...
Sending 15,000 to 30,000 more troops for a mission of possibly six to
eight months is one of the central proposals on the table of the White
House policy review to reverse the steady deterioration in Iraq. The
option is being discussed as an element in a range of bigger packages,
the officials said.

But the Joint Chiefs think the White House, after a month of talks,
still does not have a defined mission and is latching on to the surge
idea in part because of limited alternatives, despite warnings about
the potential disadvantages for the military, said the officials, who
spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House review is
not public.

The chiefs have taken a firm stand, the sources say,
because they believe the strategy review will be the most important
decision on Iraq to be made since the March 2003 invasion.

At
regular interagency meetings and in briefing President Bush last week,
the Pentagon has warned that any short-term mission may only set up the
United States for bigger problems when it ends. The service chiefs have
warned that a short-term mission could give an enormous edge to
virtually all the armed factions in Iraq -- including al-Qaeda's
foreign fighters, Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias -- without
giving an enduring boost to the U.S military mission or to the Iraqi
army, the officials said.

Even Republicans like Jim Ramstad and Norm Coleman oppose it...

"I agree with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Generals [John] Abizaid,
[George] Casey and Colin Powell that a U.S. troop surge, not limited to
training Iraqi troops, would be counterproductive," Ramstad said
Monday.

"U.S. troops should get back to the original mission of
training Iraqi troops so they can secure their country, and our troops
can come home with their mission completed," he said.

Ramstad
echoed the remarks by Sen. Norm Coleman, who returned from Iraq last
month saying he does not believe a U.S. troop surge in Baghdad "is the
answer at this time."

And White House officials admit that the proposed "surge" is "more of a political decision than a military one."

So why does Michele Bachmann support sending more U.S. troops to Iraq?

Bush can find support for a troop surge from Reps. John Kline and
Michele Bachmann, strong supporters of the U.S. military intervention
in Iraq.

"The American people deserve to hear and understand the
merits of increasing U.S. troop presence in Iraq," Bachmann said.
"Increased troop presence is justifiable if that measure would bring a
swift conclusion to a difficult conflict."

Call Representative Bachmann's office at (202) 225-2331 and ask why she supports escalating the war in Iraq.