It has not been unveiled yet officially but the White House’s new Iraq strategy is proving a hard one to sell to the American public and politicians alike. It is speculated the centre-piece of the new plan will be a commitment to send some 20,000 more troops.
President George W Bush is set to lay out his proposals in an address to the nation tomorrow. He is said to have told US senators about the troop deployment in a meeting at the White House. In return it is thought Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has made commitments to bolster security and do more to combat sectarian violence.
But with the death toll among US forces rising steadily there is little domestic support for increasing troop levels. Democrat Senator Barack Obama said he did not think 20,000 more troops would make a difference and that what was required was a “political accommodation between Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds.” More than 3,000 soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the invasion in 2003.