George Bush confirmed at the weekend he will send 4,700 more troops to Iraq, just as Sunni militants began burning the homes of both Sunni and Shia Iraqis in a new intimidation technique. Leaving families fleeing in fear or because they now have no homes to inhabit. Thus adding even more digits to the amount of Iraqi refugees and no doubt imprinting horrific memories in to Iraq's children as they see their safe havens burnt to ash before their eyes.
A Pentagon official has however told The Los Angeles Times today: "This part of the world has an allergy against foreign presence. You have a window of opportunity that is relatively short. Your ability to influence this with a large US force eventually gets to a point that is self-defeating."
This thought is whats leading plans now being made to gradually withdraw combat soldiers from Iraq and place a greater emphasis on training if the current troop increase fails.