Former Secretary of State Powell takes issue with Iraq numbers

8:49 AM, May 2, 2006   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he disagrees with Pentagon planners about how many troops were needed for the Iraq war.

The retired general tells CBS that President Bush's military advisers felt the size of the U.S. force was adequate, and may still feel that way. However, Powell says he doesn't.

But he says there's too much emphasis on the events leading up to the Iraq invasion. He says the focus needs to be on the future and building up Iraq's forces.

Powell says the key to Iraq's success rests with its new government. He says it has to be a government in which the "people have confidence and are willing to trust."

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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