"Our troops will have a well-defined mission: to help Iraqis clear and secure neighborhoods, to help them protect the local population, and to help ensure that the Iraqi forces left behind are capable of providing the security that Baghdad needs."
"Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences: In earlier operations, Iraqi and American forces cleared many neighborhoods of terrorists and insurgents, but when our forces moved on to other targets, the killers returned. This time, we'll have the force levels we need to hold the areas that have been cleared."
"To establish its authority, the Iraqi government plans to take responsibility for security in all of Iraq's provinces by November. To give every Iraqi citizen a stake in the country's economy, Iraq will pass legislation to share oil revenues among all Iraqis. To show that it is committed to delivering a better life, the Iraqi government will spend $10 billion of its own money on reconstruction and infrastructure projects that will create new jobs. To empower local leaders, Iraqis plan to hold provincial elections later this year. And to allow more Iraqis to re-enter their nation's political life, the government will reform de-Baathification laws, and establish a fair process for considering amendments to Iraq's constitution."
Increased troop presence in Baghdad has not led to an increase in security in the area, and has only driven the insurgents out to other provinces, like Anbar and Diyala, where American casulaties are high and the surge is essentially a nonfactor.
The Iraqi forces are nowhere near prepared to assume defense of their own country.
The Iraqi government is unable to keep up any part of it's end of the bargain. Kermit and Fozzie could do a more credible job. What good is a puppet government that won't dance when you pull the strings?
Pete Dominici, apparently on break from trying to bulldoze US attorneys into filing fraudulent charges against political opponents, becomes the latest johnny-come-lately GOP weasel to blast the president on Iraq. Thanks a pantload, Pete. Where were you when we needed you? Oh, I remember: you were on the phone with David Iglesias...