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1/11/07-Tyler

Local Politicians React To Bush's Plan

With a call for more than 20 thousand troops dedicated predominately to Baghdad, President Bush says his new plan will help secure the area, and enable more power to be turned over to the Iraqi government.

Thursday, Texas Senator John Cornyn told KLTV 7 News what he'll be looking for as signs of success in the region.

"One of the benchmarks I'll be looking for is whether the prime minister and the Iraqi government enforce the law and disarm groups like the Shi'ite militias operating under the cleric Al-Sadr," says Cornyn.

U.S. Representatives Louie Gohmert and Jeb Hensarling both say they think the Presidents plan could turn things around.

"Obviously, he realizes that a change in direction is needed. He has not lost the recognition that we are in a war for the ages. We cannot retreat from the war on terror, but we do have to find more effective ways," says Gohmert. 

"I appreciated the president's admission of mistakes made, and hope that after consulting with generals, military leaders and foreign policy experts, the new course that he outlined will conclude successfully. We must work to empower Iraqi troops to take on more responsibility to end the violence. Our commitment must not be open ended, and the Iraqi's must begin to shoulder greater responsibility," said Hensarling.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@ktlv.com

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