Less than two weeks ahead of mid-term elections and the US President is on the defensive over his Iraq strategy. At a news conference George W Bush admitted that he was not satisfied with the situation there.
Amid public dissatisfaction over Iraq, he said that success there was essential to winning the war on terror: “We’re pressing Iraq’s leaders to take bold measures to save their country. We’re making it clear that America’s patience is not unlimited. We will not put more pressure on the Iraqi government than it can bear.”
More than 2,700 members of the US force in Iraq have been killed since the war to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Bush promised that he would not leave US troops caught in the crossfire of mounting sectarian violence. But he said that he would bring troops home tomorrow if the mission in Iraq were not vital to American security.