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U.S. Studied Bremer’s ’04 Bid for More Troops

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that he seriously considered a 2004 memo from L. Paul Bremer, then the senior U.S. official in Iraq, calling for tens of thousands more U.S. troops to quell the insurgency. But he said military commanders and service chiefs disagreed with Bremer. Bremer’s memo, dated May 18, 2004, urged Rumsfeld to dispatch as many as two additional divisions — or about 30,000 troops — to Iraq, to meet myriad demands, including fighting insurgents, border control and securing convoy routes. Full Story

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