The Senate Armed Service Committee met to hear Gen David Petraeus preview his new command of US troops in Baghdad. Both CBS and NBC had their Pentagon correspondent cover the hearings. Petraeus is the author of the army's manual for how to conduct a counterinsurgency. It calculates that a city the size of Baghdad requires patrols by 120,000 troops, not the combined 85,000, US and Iraqi, that Petraeus will be commanding. "Even by his own numbers the current plan comes up short," NBC's Jim Miklaszewski concluded. CBS' David Martin saw his mission as another liberation of Iraq: the first was from Saddam Hussein's rule, the second "from the sectarian violence that has engulfed Baghdad…His chances of success are anything but certain."
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