U.S. Iraqi Policy Losing Ground In Congress

July 6, 2007

As the calls for change grow louder on Capitol Hill, military commanders on the ground in Iraq say, they're not paying much attention.

"I spend no time thinking about the political clock. I spend my time focused on killing and capturing enemy forces" said Major Gen. Rick Lynch of the U.S. army.

One of the top U.S. commanders on the ground says it's still too early to
judge whether or not the troop surge is working. But, he points out premature withdrawal would be catastrophic.

"You'd find the enemy regaining ground re-establishing a sanctuary, building more IED's, carrying those IED's in Baghdad and the violence would escalate. It would be a mess" said Lynch.

But the current U.S. policy appears to be losing more ground with lawmakers. Another Republican Senator has broken ranks with the White House joining the calls for a new direction in Iraq.

"I'm unwilling to continue our current strategy when the Iraqi government fails to advance the interests of the Iraqi people, or even make modest progress towards self-sufficiency" said Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico.

The Senate is poised to vote on several anti-war proposals later this month including one bill that cuts off money for combat operations.

Democrats call the President's troop surge to secure Baghdad and Anbar province a policy of escalation. Though the extra forces have dampened sectarian violence in recent days.

The push has also boosted American casualties. The U.S. has lost 100 or more troops for each of the last three months.

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