New Top U.S. Commander In Iraq

January 26, 2007

With his controversial troop surge already underway in Iraq President
Bush met with his top military advisers this morning, in the Oval office.

As the three were meeting, the Senate confirmed General David Petraeus as the new top U.S. commander in Iraq.

"General Petraeus is professionally qualified for this command. He is widely recognized for the depth and the breadth of his education, training and taking the heat off the Iraqi political leaders to reach a political conclusion" said Senator Carl Levin, D-Michigan.

The final vote, 81-0.

But the President's "New Way Forward" in Iraq isn't getting the same kind of support on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in the
war-torn country, getting a first hand look at conditions on the ground.

That includes the unending sectarian violence. Just one day after Iraq's prime minister vowed there would be no safe place in Iraq for terrorists, a bomb ripped through a crowded market, killing more than a dozen people.

Witnesses say, a man arrived with a box holding pigeons for sale and when potential buyers crowded around him, the box exploded.

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