ASPEN, Colo., July 7--Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said the Bush government should be in talks with Syria and Iran as part of an overall strategy to reduce troop levels.
Powell advocated a smaller US force in Iraq, strategic redeployment of troops in the region and intense diplomatic efforts.
"I think we should be talking to Syria and Iran," he said. "You have to talk to people you dislike most in this dangerous world."
The former secretary of state predicted that Bush could be forced to drastically alter his Iraq policy by the end of 2007.
Political pressure will force the president to "face the situation on the ground" and acknowledge that conditions aren't what he would like them to be, Powell said.
Powell said he supported Bush's decision to send troops to Iraq as the only sure way to remove Saddam Hussein from power.
He claimed Saddam had the a
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