January 8, 2007
According to White House sources the President is expected to call for a surge of U.S. forces in Iraq in a prime time speech on Wednesday night, sending up to 20,000 troops over time.
The goal is to stop the daily cycle of sectarian bloodshed especially in Baghdad. Top Democrats are already sharply criticizing the President's plan.
"If the president wants to expand the mission, that's a conversation he has to have with the Congress of the United States. But that's not a Cart Blanche, a blank check to him to do whatever he wishes there" said Pelosi in an interview on CBS's Face the Nation.
Even some members of the President's own party think that it will take more than a surge of troops to secure Iraq.
Republican Lindsay Graham of South Carolina says "a surge in troops to me is necessary but will not result in victory by itself. It has to be co-joined with political realignment by the Iraqi government."
Congress has already approved about 500 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other terrorism fighting efforts. The White House is about to ask for a record additional 100 billion dollars, for the President's "New Way Forward."