By TIMES WIRES
Published January 13, 2007
Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells a Senate committee on Friday the effectiveness of President Bush's strategy depends heavily on Iraqis taking certain steps. The plan receives support from several GOP senators. A critic, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, will get a close-up view in Iraq.
While Democrats in Congress are outspoken in opposing Bush's plan, Florida Republicans are caught between supporting Bush and acknowledging that some of their constituents are skeptical. Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Indian Shores says he wants to make sure the United States can win decisively. "You whip the enemy and then you leave the battlefield."
The president's plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq has not inspired coalition partners to do the same. They are drawing down their forces. Italy has pulled out, and Britain and South Korea are planning to reduce their numbers. Many of the coalition troops who remain in Iraq are noncombat forces.
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