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Former adviser in Iraq sees no need to increase U-S troop strength
Tuesday,December2,2003,5:37 PM
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Washington-AP -- The former New York City police commissioner who spent four months in Iraq overseeing its police force sees no quick end to the unrest.

But Bernard Kerik (KEHR'-ihk) says the solution isn't to increase the number of U-S troops in Iraq. He says that would only increase the number of U-S targets for Iraqi insurgents.

He also takes issue with Democrats who claim the exit strategy for Iraq is timed to the political calendar. The Bush administration's goal is to get some kind of sovereignty in Iraq by July. Some Democrats, including New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, note that comes before the November elections.

Kerik insists the administration is trying to do what's in the best interest of a long-term stable Iraq.

He spoke at a conservative Washington think tank, the American Enterprise Institute.

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