The US President George W. Bush says he refuses to be rushed into changing his strategy on Iraq. He had been due to announce a major policy shift last week, in the wake of the top level Iraq Study Group report. But his speech will now be made in January. Speaking in Washington after a three day review with senior Pentagon officials, the US President defended the delay: “There’s a lot of consultations taking place. And, as I announced yesterday, I will be delivering my plans after a long deliberation, after steady deliberation. I’m not going to be rushed into making a difficult decision.”
In a new development, US media reports say Saudi Arabia has signalled it would support Iraq’s Sunnis against the Shi-ites in the wake of a US withdrawal. Responding, Bush insisted the Saudi government remained committed to the moderate political bloc he was trying to establish with the help of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki in order to bring about reconciliation among the country’s warring factions.