Tuesday, May 09, 2006

No More Troops for Iraq?

If the Pentagon's current plan is any indication:

Pentagon officials said Monday 3,500 fresh US troops will not deploy to Iraq as had been planned for early May, as commanders monitor security on the ground. "The Second Brigade, First Infantry Division, based in Schweinfurt, Germany, will not begin its deployment to Iraq in early May as scheduled," the Defense Department said in a statement.
The statement said the decision would "not affect the current number of US troops in Iraq, which is numbering approximately 133,000".
Commander of the coalition forces, General George Casey, recommended last year substantial troop reductions for 2006.

As the President often declares, as Iraq forces stand up, we will stand down. Not sure how Democrats will take this. Sometimes they want more troops, sometimes they want to withdraw.