Posted by: Lister | March 24, 2007

Bush Aims to Please

And there may be a way he can please everyone — those that want a pullout from Iraq and those that want to widen the war. Bush Announces Exit Strategy

“I’m pleased to announce that the Department of Defense and I have formulated a plan for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq,” Bush announced Monday morning. “We’ll just go through Iran.”

[…] “I’m asking Congress to approve a $187-billion budget to enable us to exit as smoothly as possible,” said Casey, whose budget request includes several hundred additional M1A1 Abrams battle tanks, 72 new C-130 cargo planes, and two brigades of artillery.

[…] “The plan also includes a minor stopover for refueling and provisional replenishment in Syria,” Casey said. “But I don’t expect we’ll need more than 50,000 additional troops for that stretch of the Iraq pullout.”

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