Before and After
"We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq, I would say 20,000 to 30,000." House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes in an interview with Newsweek on Dec 5.
Sen. John Kerry,told NBC's "Today" show that the borders of Iraq "are porous" and said "we don't have enough troops" there.
Sen. Joseph Biden Jr., appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America,"
"I'm going to send him the phone numbers of the very generals and flag officers that I met on Memorial Day when I was in Iraq, There's not enough force on the ground now to mount a real counterinsurgency."
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on ABC's "This Week" Dec 17, 2006: "If it's for a surge, that is, for two or three months and it's part of a program to get us out of there as indicated by this time next year, then, sure, I'll go along with it,"
Nancy Pelosi in her pre-Speaker days on May 30, 2004, on Meet The Press:
MR. RUSSERT: Would you send more American troops in order to stabilize the situation?
REP. PELOSI: Yes.
""We don't have the capability to escalate even to this minimum level" Rep. Silvestre Reyes to the El Paso Times hours after Bush's speech.