April 30, 2006 - Posted at 1:27 p.m. CST
LONDON (AP) _ Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he
advised President Bush before the Iraq war to send more troops to
the country. But, says Powell, the administration did not follow
Powell spoke in an interview on Britain's I-T-V television. He
says he gave the advice to now retired General Tommy Franks, who
developed and executed the Iraq invasion plan, and Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld while Bush was present.
Critics have accused Bush and Rumsfeld of failing to send enough
soldiers to secure the peace in Iraq after the invasion three years
Rumsfeld has rejected criticism that he had sent too few U-S
troops to Iraq. He says Franks and two other generals who oversaw
the campaign's planning had determined the overall number of
troops, and that he and Bush agreed with them.