President Bush plans to order extra U.S. troops to Iraq as part of a new push to secure Baghdad, but in smaller numbers than previously reported, U.S. officials said Wednesday.I give it a day or two before they deny having ever considered a "surge".
The president, who is completing a lengthy review of Iraq policy, is considering dispatching three to four U.S. combat brigades to Iraq, or no more than 15,000 to 20,000 U.S. troops, the officials said. Bush is expected to announce his decision next week.
"Instead of a surge, it is a bump," said a State Department official. He spoke on condition of anonymity, because Bush hasn't yet unveiled details of what the White House is calling a "new way forward" in Iraq.
Bush had been considering proposals to send a much larger contingent into Baghdad - as many as 30,000 to 40,000 soldiers and Marines.
Only problem is, any tabloid or gossip reader (not me!) can tell you that "bump" is just not very manly. Might I humbly suggest calling it "The Bulge", or maybe "The Package"?