Grim New Pentagon Report On Iraq And "The Surge"

pentagonreport.jpg The TODAY SHOW featured a segment covering the Pentagon's new report on Iraq by Jim Miklaszewski. It's information we've already seen since we're keeping up on these things, but it also covers a possible rift (which the WH denies) between Bush and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Here's The Washington Post article about the rift between Bush and the Joints:

The Bush administration is split over the idea of a surge in troops to Iraq, with White House officials aggressively promoting the concept over the unanimous disagreement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to U.S. officials familiar with the intense debate.

But the Joint Chiefs think the White House, after a month of talks, still does not have a defined mission and is latching on to the surge idea in part because of limited alternatives, despite warnings about the potential disadvantages for the military, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House review is not public.

At regular interagency meetings and in briefing President Bush last week, the Pentagon has warned that any short-term mission may only set up the United States for bigger problems when it ends. The service chiefs have warned that a short-term mission could give an enormous edge to virtually all the armed factions in Iraq -- including al-Qaeda's foreign fighters, Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias -- without giving an enduring boost to the U.S military mission or to the Iraqi army, the officials said.


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