Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pentagon won't make surge recommendation to Bush

WASHINGTON — In a sign that top commanders are divided over what course to pursue in Iraq , the Pentagon said Wednesday that it won't make a single, unified recommendation to President Bush during next month's strategy assessment, but instead will allow top commanders to make individual presentations.

"Consensus is not the goal of the process," Geoff Morrell , a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. "If there are differences, the president will hear them."

Military analysts called the move unusual for an institution that ordinarily does not air its differences in public, especially while its troops are deployed in combat.

"The professional military guys are going to the non-professional military guys and saying 'Resolve this,'" said Jeffrey White , a military analyst for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy . "That's what it sounds like."......

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