Troop Levels in Iraq

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photoThe United States had enough troops in Iraq to win the war, but winning the peace has proven to be an even greater challenge. This week, a congressional group returned from Iraq and warned that more troops would be needed to stabilize the country. Troop buildup could also be achieved by bringing in the United Nations, something the Pentagon is reluctant to do. The Pentagon defends the number of troops deployed and wants to train Iraqis to do the job themselves.


Michael O' Hanlon, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Bernard Trainor, retired Marine Corps general, former New York Times war correspondent and author of "The Generals' War, The Inside Story of the Persian Gulf War"

This program aired on August 25, 2003.


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