6,900. 11/15/2006

General John “Abizaid, the chief of the Central Command, told Senators John McCain [R-AZ] and Lindsey Graham [R-SC] in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on November 15 [2006] that he and every general he had asked opposed sending more troops to Iraq. ‘I do not believe that more American troops right now is the solution to the problem,’ Abizaid emphasized. ‘I believe that troop levels need to stay where they are now.’ ”

 – Thomas E. Ricks, The Gamble, Page 92

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