Retired Officers Say Troop Surge Ill-Advised

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Three retired military officers say a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is the best solution to end a war being fought with questionable military strategy and no achievable political purpose.

Former Navy Captain Lawrence Korb, former New Mexico Adjutant General Mel Montano and former Army Lieutenant General Robert Gard stopped in Little Rock yesterday on a seven-state tour. They are urging Congress to oppose the deployment of more than 20,000 new troops to Iraq.

The Little Rock stop was their last before finishing the Americans Against Escalation in Iraq tour at Kansas City.

Korb, Montano and Gard, who all served in Vietnam, are among six retired military officers who also sent a letter to Congress opposing troop escalation in Iraq. The letter called for U.S. forces to be out of Iraq by no later than August 2008.

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