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Dodd Introduces Bill to Cap U.S. Troops in Iraq

Clinton, in her television interviews, said she wanted to cap the number of troops and cut funding to the Iraqi government -- "for the training of their military, for the protection of the leaders, for economic reconstruction assistance" -- unless it makes progress on rebuilding its security forces and policing the country.

"I am opposed to this escalation," Clinton said on CBS News's "The Early Show."

She and Bayh plan to send a letter to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urging the United States to send additional forces to battle an expected Taliban surge this spring. She said the United States should add two battalions in the southern part of the country, and keep a battalion in place in eastern Afghanistan, rather than send those forces to Iraq.

Bush is "taking troops away from Afghanistan, where I think we need to be putting more troops, and sending them to Iraq on a mission that I think has a very limited, if any, chance for success," Clinton said on NBC's "Today" show.

Snow, the White House spokesman, said today that members of Congress can do "whatever they want" regarding resolutions on the Iraq war but that they cannot infringe on the constitutional powers of the president. He said lawmakers should consider the message that their actions would send to U.S. troops and the public.

"I'm not going to try to characterize whether it does or does not constitute support for the troops," Snow told reporters, "but it is a question that those who are talking about these resolutions will have to answer to themselves and to the public."

Staff writer Debbi Wilgoren contributed to this report.


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