Sen. Nelson Backs Calls for More Iraq Troops - To a Point

Bill Nelson

Sen. Nelson was in Kuwait, after meeting with the Iraqi deputy prime minister and that country's national security advisor. He is a co-sponsor of a bill along with several other senators to increase the military presence in Iraq. But he says that may not work.

NELSON: You can only increase your troops in Iraq if you have a plan, and a plan that's going to work. You've got to have have honest realism in a policy - not hard-headed ideology. A surge in the military is not going to work unless we can get the Sunnis and the Shiites - in other words, the Iraqis - together to decide that they're going to solve their problem.

Nelson says more troops would help temporarily, but ultimately it's up to the Iraqi people themselves to stop the sectarian violence.

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