As far as the fighting on the ground is concerned, CBS' David Martin reported that the US military plans to deploy 3,500 extra troops in Baghdad, a move that the Mahdi Army will view as a "deliberate provocation," according to his colleague in Baghdad, Elizabeth Palmer. From the Pentagon, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski predicted that troop levels will be increased by 20,000 by extending some tours of duty and accelerating other deployments.
ABC's Charles Gibson (subscription required) orchestrated a strategy session entitled Mission: Iraq What's Next before he left New York with a pair of ABC News analysts, journalist Fareed Zakaria and retired general Jack Keane, and diplomat Richard Haass, now at the Council on Foreign Relations. Gibson laid out three options: troops reinforcements, stay the course, a military pullout schedule. "Bottom line, there is no good option," smiled Gibson after five stark minutes of q-&a.
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