Troops respond to Bush Plan
"There's a new direction. It's because of the Samarra bombing last February - al-Qaida did that and set a new direction in motion," Wright said. "Now we need to readjust our track for this new dynamic."
But he said he feared that politics would derail the effort. Democrats have opposed the troop buildup and other critics have expressed skepticism that this plan will work, pointing out that similar efforts have failed in the past."What I'm afraid of is shortsightedness and impatience from folks at home. Six months from now, people could be saying, 'You had a new strategy and what have you done?' To stand up an Iraqi army, you can't do that in just three or four years." - Maj. Web Wright (LINK)
This new plan did not come from Bush, but from the troops.
"This new strategy comes from us, not Washington. The new defense secretary came here and sat down with one of my battalion commanders," he said. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited military and political leaders in Iraq in late December. - Col. Michael M. Kershaw, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.
We will give the troops the time they need? Not if the Democrats have their way.