February 5, 2007
In what appears to be a step forward, an Iraqi general is taking charge of securing Baghdad. But even as the transition took place more than thirty people were killed in Baghdad.
The new plan to secure Baghdad appears to be underway.
But sounds of heartbreak still echo through the streets. More than 30 people died in a wave of attacks across the capital city Monday.
Almost half the deaths happened when a pair of car bombs exploded in quick succession, near a line of people waiting to refill propane cooking tanks.
As many as 90-thousand US and Iraqi troops will try to curb that daily violence in the third effort to secure Baghdad. This one is led by an Iraqi general. President Bush said, scenes like these are a good sign.
"It means that the government understands they have a responsibility to protect their people" said Bush.
But there's a showdown brewing in Congress over the President's "New Way Forward" as the Senate gets ready to debate resolutions both for and against the war.
"70 percent of the people don't support this war, and most experts you talk to say what is the strategy? We don't seem to have one" said Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York.
"The President's been criticized for not coming forth with some changes to change the status quo. Well he did it. Now he's being criticized for what he came up with" said Senator Trent Lott, R-Mississippi.
Right now neither of the two major resolutions on the war has enough support to pass. The immediate challenge for lawmakers: finding common ground.
Also today the President sent Congress his two point nine trillion dollar spending plan for 2008, which includes more than 141 billion dollars in projected war costs for Iraq and Afghanistan.