The letter to the President by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid warned the President not to implement his expected 20,000 troop build-up in Iraq. It would "stretch our military to the breaking point," ABC's Martha Raddatz (subscription required) quoted them.
Oddly, ABC did not quote the views of Jack Keane, its own in-house consultant, who is the author of the plan for the so-called surge. Keane attended a symposium on his policy at the American Enterprise Institute where CBS' David Martin did quote him. "We have never had a strategy to defeat the insurgency…that is what this plan is all about," Keane said, implying that he wants the US military to fight the Sunni resistance not Shiite militias.
CBS' Martin also filled us in on the two new military commanders, whose names were announced yesterday. Adm William Fallon, the next head of Central Command, "is described by people who have worked for him as caustic, arrogant and an SOB." Gen David Petraeus, the designated leader of forces inside Iraq, "is perhaps the most controversial officer in the army because of his Type A personality and what many view as his too cozy relationship with the media."
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