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02/06/07--Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., during the Senate Armed Services hearing, on the Defense Department budget and fiscal 2007-08 war supplemental request, with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, foreground right, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace. Skepticism about President BushÕs plan in Iraq and its impact on military readiness dominated a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday that was meant as a discussion of the fiscal 2008 Defense budget. Senators questioned Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, about how many more than the 21,500 troops the president has said he plans to add in Iraq would actually be needed, for how long and at what cost. Several senators expressed worries that the success of the troop ÒsurgeÓ hinges on Iraqi forces of questionable reliability. And they fretted about the state of the military beyond Iraq. ÒThe heavy deployment of our forces to Iraq has increased the stress on our force, and reduces the ability of our military to train for and react to challenges in other parts of the world if need be,Ó said panel chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

02/06/07--Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., during the Senate Armed Services hearing, on the Defense Department budget and fiscal 2007-08 war supplemental request, with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, foreground right, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace. Skepticism about President BushÕs plan in Iraq and its impact on military readiness dominated a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday that was meant as a discussion of the fiscal 2008 Defense budget. Senators questioned...
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