January 11, 2007
President Bush traveled to Fort Benning in Georgia to try and promote his New Way Forward plan.
The centerpiece of the plan is to send more than 21,000 fresh troops to Iraq.
He's also ready to pump more than $1 billion dollars in to reconstruction programs.
The President admitted mistakes were made and warned that this strategy won't lead to immediate results. "Even if our new strategy works exactly as planned, deadly acts of violence will continue and we must expect more Iraqi and American casualties," he said.
As President Bush headed to Fort Benning, three of his top advisers were called to Capitol Hill for Congressional hearings on the New Way Forward plan.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace are ready to defend their boss and his call for a troop surge.
"It's viewed as a temporary surge, but no one has a really clear idea of how long that might be," said Gates.
Gates also recommended that President Bush authorize expanding the size of the military, adding 92,000 new soldiers and Marines over the next five years.
However, with Democrats in Congress the President's new plan faces challenges.
Senator Joseph Biden says, "I believe the president's strategy is not a solution, Secretary Rice. I believe it's a tragic mistake."
Still, the Democrats' options are limited. They are discussing a non-binding resolution expressing disapproval for the plan, or attaching a list of conditions to the bill that would fund the troops.