June 24, 2005
One day after a deadly attack in Fellusia that killed at least 2 U.S. Marines, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, visited President Brush at the White House today. The main focus of the meeting, the war in Iraq, and both men made it very clear that the U.S.'s job in the war-torn country is not finished.
"Prime Minister Jaafari's visit comes at an important time," explained Bush. "I want to thank you for coming," Bush said to him.
Despite the bloodshed, a growing insurgency, and waning public support at home, President Bush said it again: American troops will remain in Iraq with no withdrawal date.
"Why would you say to the enemy, you know, here's a timetable, just go ahead and wait us out?" said President Bush.
Iraq's Prime Minister wants the U.S. to stay until the insurgency is no more and Iraqi security forces are trained, equipped, and able to defend themselves.
Al-Jaafari said "This is not the time to fall back."
Both leaders stated the U.S. will and should remain committed to Iraq. This message comes just as the list of American casualties increased. In Fallujah, a suicide car bomber slammed into a marine convoy. Several U.S. soldiers, including women, were killed and injured. President Bush said the enemy uses television images like these to their advantage.
"They know it bothers people to see death. And it does. It bothers me, it bothers American citizens, it bothers Iraqis. They're trying to shake our will, that's what they're trying to do."
To try and boost public support, the White House said President Bush is expected to make a major speech on the war in Iraq next Tuesday, June 28, taking his case to prime time TV.
Instead of the White House, President Bush plans on making that speech in front of several hundred soldiers at Fort Brag in North Carolina.