"President Bush said Monday that he has made no decisions about
altering the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, and he refused to discuss
the pros and cons that would accompany such a decision."
President Bush said Thursday no decision has been made on increasing or
decreasing U.S. troop levels in Iraq, saying that as "Iraqis stand up,
we will stand down" and that only conditions on the ground will dictate
when it is time for a reduction in U.S. forces.
"Gen. John P. Abizaid, the senior commander in the Middle East, has
asked for contingency plans for increasing the number of troops in
Iraq. No decision has been made to supplement the 134,000 troops now
there, and White House officials said it was unclear whether such a
move would help the situation."
"The President is going to do what is most effective in Iraq, and he
gets recommendations from his commanders on troop levels and what is
needed. No decisions have been made about future troops levels," said
National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice.