Is the US really wining Iraq war?
December 31, 2006 12:23pm CST
Is the US really wining Iraq war? Bush Asserts U.S. Is Winning Iraq War WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush asserted Sunday night the United States is winning the war in Iraq and issued a plea to Americans divided by doubt: "Do not give in to despair and do not give up on this fight for freedom." In a prime-time address, Bush acknowledged setbacks and sacrifice and cautioned there would be more violence and death in the months ahead. "Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day," he said. Struggling to build confidence in his policy, the president held out hopes for withdrawing American forces as Iraqi troops gain strength and experience. After the address, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said it was wrong for Bush "to attempt to silence his critics by calling them defeatists." Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., commended Bush for his "increased candor." But he said Bush still had not told the nation exactly what had to be accomplished before U.S. troops could begin returning home.