President Bush has approved adding 4,400 more troops to the force buildup which is designed to bring security to Iraq. Bush also formally requested $3.2 billion to pay for the additional troops. In January, Bush announced that he would deploy 21,500 more U.S. troops to Iraq to try to stabilize Baghdad and restive Anbar province. The new U.S. military commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus has recently said that more troops will be needed in support of the buildup.

Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said the extra troops would include up to 2,400 military police to handle an anticipated increase in Iraqi detainees. In addition, about 2,000 more combat support troops will be needed to bolster the 21,500. Also, 129 temporary Defense Department positions are needed to help in provincial Iraqi reconstruction. U.S. military commanders in Iraq have said in recent days that the number of additional U.S. troops needed to carry out Bush’s security plan for Iraq could approach 30,000, taking into account units needed to support the 21,500 extra combat troops. The United States currently has roughly 146,000 troops in the country.

So now, 21,500 troops have become 30,000, and what if the 30,000 aren’t enough? Will the president send 40, 50, 60,000? Since the U.S. military is stretched thin, there is no chance that they would be able to muster those kinds of numbers, but the point remains the same. Iraq is turning into a black hole of civil war and violence. The Americans do not have the military capacity to stop it, but there is one man who could change the situation, but the president is committed to his strategy, and is not going to change anything. He is going to see this war through to the bitter end.

Jason Easley is a political columnist and editor at

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