"I am the Decisionmaker," CBS' David Martin quoted Commander-in-Chief Bush as asserting. Not only is the White House determined to pursue its troop build-up whether or not Congress passes a resolution to oppose it, Martin suggested that Petraeus may ask for yet more reinforcements: "The army and the Marines will be stretched like never before…what they are really worried about is finding enough of the right equipment to send with them." NBC's David Gregory covered Gates' comment that any resolution against a build-up would convey the impression that there is "flagging will in the United States," despite the determination of Bush, Gates and Petraeus.
In Baghdad itself NBC's Richard Engel collected the comments of a USArmy Stryker patrol in the Hurriya neighborhood. The formulation "we are for the troops but against the war" irritated one sergeant: "If they are going to support us, support us all the way." CBS' Lara Logan was also on patrol with US soldiers but she was in the neighborhood of Dora. She followed the patrol into a Sunni mosque in pursuit of a suspected al-Qaeda gunman. A soldier told her of his realization: when he first arrived in Baghdad if he heard shots he assumed he was the target. "It took us a little while to realize that, hey, it is just them shooting at each other."
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