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Should troop strength in Iraq be increased?

Yes29 %29 %29 % 29.63 % (16)
No57 %57 %57 % 57.41 % (31)
I do not know9 %9 %9 % 9.26 % (5)
I have no opinion1 %1 %1 % 1.85 % (1)
Other, please list in comments1 %1 %1 % 1.85 % (1)

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Re: The Defense Department recently announced that troop str
by SEATJERKER
on Jan 03, 2005

As explained, this temporary run-up of troop strength is in direct response to the upcoming Iraqi elections. I suspect, with good reason, that there will be a concommitant drawdown of strength after the election at the end of this month.


Re: The Defense Department recently announced that troop str
by Gimpy
on Jan 09, 2005
500,000 + in order to root out all the resistance. 150,000 won't do a bit of good.

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