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Matheson Opposes Surge Strategy

Matheson Opposes Surge Strategy



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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Utah's lone Democrat in Congress opposes President Bush's plan to send more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq.

"We have the strongest military in the world ... but this is not purely a military issue," Rep. Jim Matheson said. "It's just time to create a better approach that gives (our soldiers) a better opportunity for success."

Matheson visited a Cedar City soldier, Travis Wood, in a Washington, D.C., hospital this week.

Wood, 23, a soldier with the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, suffered extensive injuries Jan. 14 in Afghanistan, including a fractured neck and spine and a crushed pelvis. His condition is improving.

There is a non-binding resolution pending in the House to oppose Bush's deployment plan. Matheson said it should send a message to the president.

"The surge strategy has been tried before and it isn't a new approach. We need more than a military strategy," he said.

------ Information from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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