Two key Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, said Sunday they could back a temporary increase in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq - but only if that surge was for a very short period and specifically helped end American involvement.
At least three other Democrats, as well as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, saw little help from such a surge.
And on the other side of the Iraq debate, Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., and John McCain, R-Ariz., are saying additional troops are not only needed, but should not be subject to any withdrawal timeline.
...Dodd told reporters in a conference call, "Show me some demonstrable evidence that they're coming together as a people - Shias and Sunnis, sitting down and recognizing that they have an obligation to come together as a people - then I'd be willing to support some additional people if we needed it in order to get the job done." (Lightman)
Dodd also said that he believes that more troops could just delay Iraq's government from "making the decision about their political future."
Dodd's view is similar to incoming Majority Leader Harry Reid's, and at odds with many other Democrats'. The idea of Shi'ite and Sunni coming together as a people does seem a little farfetched, however, so Dodd's position is basically that, if things get a whole lot better in Iraq, in which case extra troops probably wouldn't be needed, then he's support sending extra troops.
Lightman, David. "Dodd Could Back Buildup." Hartford Courant 18 December, 2006.