Iraqi situation likely to grow worse without more troops

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003

The Bush administration is under growing pressure to increase the number of troops in Iraq amid an upsurge in deadly terrorist attacks and general lawlessness.

At the same time, a new Newsweek magazine poll found that 48 percent of Americans want U.S. troops brought home. ...

The administration line continues to be that troop strengths are adequate, but it is lobbying hard for other countries to send troops and appears ready to push for a U.N. Security Council resolution to formalize that appeal. ...

Clearly, the administration was ill-prepared for post-war demands in both Iraq and Afghanistan, assuming, as Vice President Dick Cheney put it, that U.S. troops ''will be greeted as liberators.'' ...

America should be pressing ahead to restore Iraqi political and police control. And it should redouble efforts to keep the United Nations engaged in Iraq and other countries, assisting the U.S. with security, humanitarian and economic needs. But until those efforts pay dividends in the form of boots on the ground, America will need additional forces to restore order before the situation spirals out of control in an ever-mounting cost of blood and treasure.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa.

Aug. 26

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