General Pace, says the Joint Chiefs of Staff are considering the possibility there may be need to “plus up or come down” in the number of troops required in Iraq. The only interpretation of “plus up” means more troops would be required in Iraq rather than less. He also indicated there is talk in the higher echelons of the military to at least keep the present level of 158,000 troops past September.
I think we can finally grasp what is in the mind of Bush. If things are still a mess in Iraq, he will come before the American public and state the military has informed him there is need for additional troops to finally gain “victory” in Iraq. After all, who can oppose gaining “victory.” The American Congress has to be on guard because the president is going to play games with troop numbers in the coming months.