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1/23/07 - C-SPAN - SENATE HEARING: COMMAND IN IRAQ
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Lt. Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, before the Senate Armed Services Committee's confirmation hearing on his nomination to Multi-National Forces in Iraq. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)


Petraeus Says 'Tough Days' Ahead in Iraq

By ANNE FLAHERTY

Last updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 1:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON - The Army general who would carry out President Bush's new war plan urged a skeptical Congress and American public Tuesday to be patient, but acknowledged "the situation in Iraq is dire."

"None of this will be rapid," Lt. Gen. David Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "The way ahead will be neither quick nor easy."

Many in Congress, including some Republicans, oppose Bush's plan, which would send an extra 21,500 U.S. troops to Iraq as part of a revised strategy for quelling sectarian violence in Baghdad and stabilizing the country. Before Bush's build up began in recent days, there were 132,000 U.S. troops there.

In a sign of the strain of the Iraq war, the top generals in the Army and Marine Corps told a House committee Tuesday voiced concern about the military's ability to respond to other world crises.

"We have examined other war plans and our capability to respond to those plans, and we see that we are lacking in some areas in our ability to do so," said Gen. James Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps.

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