On an unannounced visit to Iraq and traveling with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Bush said . . .
General (David H.) Petraeus and Ambassador (Ryan C.) Crocker tell me if the kind of success we are now seeing continues, it will be possible to maintain the same level of security with fewer Americans.Â
Aside from keeping focused on winning the war and listening to our troops and his generals, Bush met with Sunni tribal leaders that used to be supporting al-Qaeda.Â They now have turned against them in favor of a more free and secure life in Iraq.Â He also tried to assured the Iraqi people that, despite the cut and run strategy of some politicians in this country, that the United States would not abandon the Iraqi people.
I am going to reassure them that America does not abandon our friends. And America will not abandon the Iraqi people. That’s the message all three of us bring.