This is one of the few times I've disagreed with Rummie and agreed with McCain. Baghdad needs to be secured and I believe the 30,000+ troops are the only way to accomplish this end. We shall see.
Dec. 16, 2006 — President Bush is likely to support a plan for a "surge" of additional U.S. troops to Iraq, officials close to the process told ABC News.
The surge could involve more than 30,000 additional troops and last as long as two years, sources say. That could bring the total number of troops in Iraq to at least 164,000 — the highest total yet.
According to sources, the surge likely would start in Baghdad and then move to Anbar, with troops remaining behind in Baghdad to keep control of the capital city — though the specific mission of any additional troops was still being worked out, as was how to measure their success.