January 15, 2007

DESTABILIZING THE PLACE WAS THE POINT:

Bush insists Congress can't halt Iraq buildup: Amid growing criticism, the president and Cheney seek to reassert the strategy of additional troops. (Nicole Gaouette, January 15, 2007, LA Times)

As Congress and the administration gird for conflict over troop levels in Iraq, President Bush is asserting that he has the power to send more U.S. forces, regardless of what lawmakers want.

"I fully understand they could try to stop me from doing it," Bush said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes." When asked whether he thought he had the authority to send additional troops in the face of opposition from the Democratic majority in Congress, Bush said: "In this situation, I do, yeah."

The president's comments were part of an administration effort to quell the growing roar of criticism about its Iraq strategy, as Democrats plan nonbinding resolutions opposing the troop increase and as some Republicans echo their resistance to the plan.

Bush acknowledged that some of the administration's steps had contributed to Iraq's instability and said any mistakes should be laid at his feet. "If people want a scapegoat, they've got one right here in me because it's my decisions," the president said.

"No question, decisions have made things unstable," he added. "But the question is: Can we succeed?"

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2007 7:47 AM
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