Bush in Indonesia, Noncommittal on Changing U.S. Troop Strength in Iraq

NOVEMBER 20, 2006 - Posted at 10:32 a.m. CST

BOGOR, INDONESIA - President Bush says he hasn't decided yet whether to beef up U.S. troop strength in Iraq or begin lowering it.

At a news conference in Indonesia, the president said he's awaiting recommendations from the military.

The president is on a six-hour stopover in Indonesia on his way back from an economic summit in Vietnam.  He's been meeting with Indonesia's leaders and is being hosted at a dinner.  And it's all being carried out amid extremely tight security, prompted by intense anti-Bush demonstrations.  Indonesia is predominantly Muslim, and citizens there are angry over Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bush today shrugged off the protests, saying, "I applaud a society where people are free to express their opinion."

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