He can stand beside me and give his opinion, and he is not intimidated.
We will help them if our help is needed. They will have to decide if they need help or not.
The reaction that’s needed by the Iraqis — they need to come together.
Now several groups of them support the constitution, are voting for it,
The security ministries have to be run by people who are not associated with militias and who are not regarded as sectarian. The issue is how forces that we’re investing a huge amount of money in are perceived by the Iraqis. If they are perceived as sectarian, their effectiveness will not be there. We have...
I believe that if we get — when we get — the national unity government, when we have ministries that are run by competent ministers, and as we get into the next phase of our Sunni outreach … I see a set of circumstances, frankly, that would allow for a significant withdrawal of our forces.
It is a moment of danger but also a moment of opportunity.
will depend not only on our military strategy, but also on the political progress.
When there have been differences between the various forces with regard to a particular issue, and they’ve asked for my help, I have proposed to them options for bridging the differences between them. Failure is not an option, and if they need my help, I have told them I’m available at any time.
I would not like to elaborate … I think they should understand what I mean.
I believe strongly that you cannot defeat the insurgency through military means alone.
The draft constitution of Iraq is the most progressive document of the Muslim world.
That will bring down the total level from 17 brigades to 15.
This not only opens the door for insurgents to permanently renounce violence and join the political process in order to stabilize Iraq, it also isolates the terrorists who are the enemy of all Iraqis, while setting the stage for the emergence of a strong and independent Iraq.
At this point the determination is to meet the August 15 deadline.
Since no single party will have a majority there will be a need for a very broad-based coalition.