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Bush Says US `Not Winning, Not Losing’ In Iraq December 20, 2006

Posted by notapundit in US News, White House.
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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–U.S. President George W. Bush acknowledged that the U.S. is “not winning” in Iraq, a reversal of claims he made before the November elections, The Washington Post reports in its Wednesday edition.

In an interview with the Post, Bush told the paper “We’re not winning, we’re not losing,” in Iraq.

Bush also said he interpreted the Democratic election victories six weeks ago not as a mandate to bring the U.S. involvement in Iraq to an end but as a call to find new ways to make the mission there succeed, the Post reported. He confirmed that he is considering a short-term surge in troops in Iraq, an option that top generals have resisted out of concern that it would not help.

Bush also said he was “inclined to believe that we do need to increase our troops,” while tying his decision to the broader struggle against Islamic extremists around the world rather than to Iraq specifically, the Post reported.

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