"New Way Forward" Under Scrutiny


January 12, 2007

"Our commanders on the ground, and the president's nominee to be the new commander believe thisis a sound plan" said Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Most of the questioning today centered around the president's plan to send more than 21-thousand troops with the goal of securing parts
of the country gripped by sectarian violence.

Two senators missing out on today's debate were Hillary Clinton and Evan Bayh. Both are heading to Iraq this weekend, along with congressman John Mchugh. The three will meet with troops, and talk with top Iraqi leaders and U-S military commanders.

President Bush made a round of phone calls to , trying to boost
support abroad for his new plan. He called Jordan's King Abdullah and
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, before heading to Camp David, for
the weekend.


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