President Bush will be in west Georgia today, making a stop at Fort Benning for the first of a number of trips to sell his new Iraq policy.
Bush’s trip comes a day after his announcement that he will send an extra [21,500] troops to Iraq to curb sectarian violence and give the Iraqi government more time to get established.
The Third Infantry Division’s Third Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Benning, helped lead the charge to Baghdad in 2003. It has been to Iraq for a second tour and is now preparing to go a third time. The brigade will head for California’s Mojave Desert soon for a final round of training before departing for Iraq.
The unit had been scheduled to deploy in late spring, but could go sooner as part of the president’s surge.
Besides meeting and dining with soldiers, Bush also is expected to meet with parents of soldiers who live in the area of Fort Benning. Some have lost children in the Iraq war.