20.12.06

Bush, listening to the voices of death in his head, set to send 30,000 more potential corpses to the pyre for the sake of his ideology and legacy

Bush defies commanders by bolstering troops | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited:

George Bush today confirmed that a temporary increase in US troops for Iraq is under consideration, despite the opposition of his top generals.

In an interview with the Washington Post, the US president also acknowledged for the first time that the US is not winning the war in Iraq, reversing a declaration in November when he said: 'Absolutely we're winning'.

Mr Bush is expected to unveil his new strategy for Iraq early in the new year. Despite the opposition of his joint chiefs of staff and his top commander in the Middle East, General John Abizaid, the president appears to be leaning towards the idea of a temporary surge - six to eight months - of 20,000 to 30,000 troops in 'one last big push'.

The president has, however, persuaded Tony Blair of the need not to set a timetable to pull troops out of Iraq, according to Iraq's vice president.

Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York yesterday, Tareq al-Hashemi reportedly said that the prime minister was originally in favour of a timetable but was 'brainwashed' by Mr Bush into changing his mind on the subject.

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