Washington,January 26 - George Bush, the
"I've picked the plan that I think is most likely to succeed," Bush said.
He also challenged Democratic and Republican politicians, who are lining up to support resolutions opposing his decision to send 21,500 troops to
"Some are condemning a plan before it's even had a chance to work," he said.
Iranian 'explosive devices'
Also on Friday, Bush authorised US forces in
The aggressive new policy came in response to intelligence that
Gordon Johndroe, a National Security Council spokesman, said: "The president and his national security team over the last several months have continued to receive information that Iranians were supplying IED equipment and or training that was being used to harm American soldiers, "
While promising tougher action, the White House said the
Meanwhile, the US Senate confirmed on Friday army general David Petraeus as the next commander of US forces in
Confirmed on a vote of 81-0, Petraeus will be charged with implementing Bush's plan to send more
Petraeus, who will replace US army general George Casey, is just one of the new faces Bush is bringing to his team of top military and diplomatic officials in Iraq and the Middle East.
He has served two previous year-long tours in