Powell Joins Gen. Abizaid in Shooting Down the “Send More Troops” Plan

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Colin Powell said on “Face the Nation” today that he believes the U.S. is losing in Iraq, and that sending additional troops won’t really bring peace to the country or help suppress sectarian violence. He added, “There really are no additional troops” to send, and that the United States Army is “about broken.”

So now Powell and Centcom commander Gen. John Abizaid have both shot down the McCain (and Lieberman) proposal to send 20,000-30,000 more troops to Iraq, an idea supported by fewer than one in ten Americans. However, just today an anonymous administration official told the BBC that such an increase is likely. Hold onto your hats, America. George Bush isn’t done with us yet.

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