Many Stratford residents disapprove of president's new Iraq strategy
Southwestern Connecticut residents have mixed reactions to President Bush's new strategy for the war in Iraq. The president?s plan calls for sending an additional 21,500 U.S. soldiers to stop sectarian violence in Iraq, especially in Baghdad. It also commits the Iraqi government to take over security of the country by November. The plan also calls for $10 billion worth of reconstruction projects in Iraq.Many residents in Stratford are not in favor of additional troop deployments. They say if the plan is approved, more soldiers will die in vain. Other critics say the plan relies too heavily on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has been described as weak. They also say there's no back-up plan if the violence doesn't recede.