How many more troops will the President dispatch in his speech? ABC's Martha Raddatz (no link) noted a decision in the jockeying over vocabulary: "He will call it an increase, not a surge." Her reporting found "more than 20,000." CBS' Jim Axelrod reported only 11,000 troops into Iraq initially. A second wave will be phased in over March-April-May, on condition that the Iraqi government "becomes a more effective partner in making Baghdad safer." And NBC's David Gregory previewed 3,000 new troops in January, with 17,000 more being added gradually.
Whatever the Commander-in-Chief announces, Sen Edward Kennedy proposed legislation that would only permit implementation of the Bush plan after it had been approved in an up-or-down vote. "The liberal lion of the Senate roared," ABC's Jake Tapper observed. Tapper countered with a soundbite from Joe Biden, Kennedy's Democratic colleague, on NBC's Meet the Press arguing that such a measure is unConstitutional.
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