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September 11, 2007 | Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writer
The chairman called it the most important hearing of the year. The president touted it for months. But when the moment finally came for the top commander in Iraq -- with his four stars and nine rows of ribbons -- to tell the world how the war was going, the microphone broke. Probably not the picture Congress wanted to portray to a skeptical nation. If Washington can't conduct a hearing, how can it conduct a war? "Somebody please fix the mike. Are we fixed yet? Come on!" Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.
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September 10, 2007 | Doyle McManus and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
Since spring, President Bush has publicly staked the future of his troop buildup strategy in Iraq on a series of briefings that an Army commander will deliver to Congress today and Tuesday -- the long-awaited report by Gen. David H. Petraeus on the state of the war. "Why don't you wait and see what [Petraeus] says?" Bush urged Congress in May. "Fund the troops, and let him come back and report to the American people."
WORLD
September 10, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
The mood was celebratory. Dozens of tribal sheiks clad in traditional finery gathered for a feast after the central government promised $120 million to help Anbar province recover from years of fighting between U.S. forces and insurgents. An Iraqi government official watching the scene last week marveled at how the Sunni Arab leaders who once backed insurgent groups had banded together to get their province to this point.
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August 29, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush warned Tuesday that the Middle East faces a bleak future if the United States fails in Iraq, evoking a "dark vision" of terrorist havens, disrupted energy supplies and a regional arms race triggered by a nuclear-armed Iran. "The region would be dramatically transformed," Bush said in a speech to the American Legion's national convention, "in a way that could imperil the civilized world."
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August 8, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
The size of the U.S. force in Iraq has reached nearly 162,000 troops, the largest American presence at any point during the 52 months of the war, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. The increase is the result of the regular replacement of troops and does not represent an additional buildup, said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman. "There is no change to the level of effort and the combat power that we are projecting into Iraq," Whitman said. Officials reported Tuesday that five more U.S.
WORLD
August 1, 2007 | Ned Parker and Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
The day-to-day commander of the U.S. military in Iraq said Tuesday that American forces would be needed in the country for a few more years in order to stave off chaos. "We think that based on the campaign plan that we need forces here for a few more years," Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told The Times during a tour of a U.S. Army base in Babil province south of the capital.
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August 1, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
The White House's nominee to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel Tuesday that the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq was beginning to improve security, but the Iraqi central government was making little headway toward the political reconciliation that is key to stabilizing the country. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, currently chief of naval operations, said that since the troop buildup began this year, security was "better -- not great, but better."
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July 16, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera and Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writers
The White House on Sunday rejected a call by two leading Republican senators to submit plans to start redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq by year's end, saying that doing so would be premature before military commanders present a major progress report in September. "They've done a useful service in indicating the kinds of things that we should be thinking about. But the time to begin that process is September," national security advisor Stephen J. Hadley said on ABC's "This Week."
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July 13, 2007 | Maura Reynolds and Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writers
Stemming a revolt among Senate Republicans, President Bush appeared Thursday to win two more months for his "surge" strategy in Iraq after arguing that U.S. forces had made some progress and needed time to make the country more secure. Issuing a report to Congress on the war, Bush acknowledged that Iraqi leaders had made little headway in resolving the political conflicts that have paralyzed the government and fueled sectarian violence.
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July 12, 2007 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Senate Republicans fed up with the war but not ready to abandon Iraq are seeking shelter in legislation that calls for a new war strategy without ordering a troop withdrawal. The legislative effort, which picked up momentum Wednesday, marks a major departure from the stiff defenses Republicans have mounted since January to shield the White House from the Democratic drive to pressure President Bush to bring the troops home.
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