How many troops will be in Iraq in 2007?
The Washington Post on Don Rumsfeld's testimony to Congress:
Rumsfeld told a Senate panel yesterday that he still hopes a big troop cut will occur this year but added, "I can't promise it."The Philadelphia Inquirer:
He also emphasized the possible negative consequences of a swift pullout. "For it to be turned over to extremists would be a terrible thing for that part of the world and for the free world and for free people everywhere," he said. There are about 133,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, down from a peak of about 160,000 earlier this year but near the average level for the last three years.
Administration officials have repeatedly said they hope to cut the U.S. presence in Iraq this year, and some lawmakers appear to be growing impatient as the year nears the six-month mark.
WASHINGTON - Six months after first calling for a withdrawal of U.S. troops, Rep. John P. Murtha (D., Pa.) said yesterday that the military situation in Iraq had only gotten worse, and he predicted the war would be pivotal in this year's elections.