USA Today reported this week that President Bush and Republicans plan to put 20,000 more American troops on the ground in Iraq. According to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll, the American people overwhelmingly oppose the President\'s plan for an increase in troop levels in Iraq. Furthermore, while the President\'s job approval rating has sunk to a record 26 percent low, "by 2-to-1, Americans say they want congressional Democrats, not Bush, to have more influence over the direction of the nation." Maine Democrats and our leaders in Washington, Congressmen Tom Allen and Mike Michaud remain committed to working with all sides for a new direction in Iraq that does not put additional troops in the middle of a civil war and makes it clear to the Iraqi people that they must take responsibility for their country\'s future. President Bush must work with Congressional Democrats, charting a new direction in Iraq.