Bush Defends Iraq Policy

By: AP
By: AP

President Bush acknowledges the Iraq war is "tough on the American psyche" but he insists the US won't "get out before the job is done."

In a Rose Garden news conference, Bush was asked about a recent assessment by the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iraq is drifting "sideways." Senator John Warner said the US should consider major changes if Baghdad doesn't get surging violence under control within the next few months.

Bush said he "completely" agrees with Warner and that "we're constantly changing tactics." In the president's words, "You empower your generals to make the decisions on what you do to win."

Bush again said the stakes in Iraq "couldn't be higher." He says if the US leaves Iraq before the Iraqis can defend their new democracy, terrorists would take control there and have a new "safe haven" to attack the US.

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