Back in Washington, CBS' Sharyl Attkisson explained how House Democrats are planning to prevent the President from executing his troop build-up without taking the politically unpopular path of cutting off funds "which could be construed as not supporting the troops." The plan by Rep John Murtha, who runs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, will instruct the Pentagon to improve the troops' training, to increase equipment readiness and relax the pace of troop rotations. If implemented, "they cannot continue this surge, is what it amounts to," Murtha explained on a Webcast.
ABC's Martha Raddatz found old Pentagon documents at the National Security Archive laying out its plans for the military occupation of Iraq. By early 2007, the pre-war plans envisaged, the US would have a grand total of 5,000 troops stationed in Iraq. Reducing troops from the build-up total of 160,000 to that level now "could take a decade or more," Raddatz estimated.
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