"After speaking with our military commanders on the ground," he said Wednesday in an email, "I strongly believe that additional U.S. troops must be deployed to Baghdad."
Lieberman, D-Conn., visited Iraq last week with a Senate delegation. He also traveled to Kuwait and Israel.
Bush has been considering a "troop surge" to help secure the Iraqi capital, but told a news conference Wednesday he had made no decision on how to proceed.
Senator Dodd, has a different take.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., Sunday gave qualified support to a troop surge but only under very limited conditions. Reid suggested a two- to three-month surge; Dodd said he would go along only after "demonstrable evidence that (Sunnis and Shiites) are coming together as a people."
Otherwise, Dodd said, talk of a troop surge is "a phony argument, in my view … just delaying the inevitable." Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who was traveling with Lieberman, also said he backed more troops only if they helped expedite a faster U.S. exit.
I am not a military strategist, but I just don't see the value of sending more troops in at this point. I also don't trust Bush, and Lieberman to get us out of the mess they helped create. The problem is that there are no good answers. It doesn't seem right to leave Iraq in it's current state, but I don't think any workable solution is going to come from our continued involvement.
Lightman, David. "Lieberman Calls For More Troops". Hartford Courant. 12-20-06