MORE TROOPS….Paul Wolfowitz testified before Congress on Thursday that troop levels in Iraq would be reduced by 15,000 now that the elections are over. This has been planned for a while and isn’t news.
However, Wolfowitz also said that Donald Rumsfeld, who for years has resisted the idea of increasing the Army’s permanent end strength, has finally agreed that this is necessary. Just like John Kerry and the Democrats have been saying for the past year. How about that?
The size of the increase apparently hasn’t been decided yet, but funding will be included in the Pentagon’s FY2006 budget request next week. I’m not quite sure how they can ask for funding if they haven’t decided on how many troops they need, but they’re the budget wizards, not me.