Colin Powell Says He Urged Bush to Send More Troops to Iraq

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

his recommendation.

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.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)