Republican Opposition to Iraq Plan Grows

“We’ve had four other surges since we first went into Iraq,” said Sen. Susan Collins, referring to the administration’s plan for an additional 21,500 troops. “None of them produced a long-lasting change in the situation on the ground. “So I am very skeptical that this surge would produce the desired outcome,” said the Maine Republican .

In the Senate , Collins joined two Republicans and one Democrat to unveil nonbinding legislation expressing disagreement with Bush’s plan. The president should consider “all options and alternatives” involving a smaller force, the measure said.

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