In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq.
Five years later, President Bush strongly signaled Wednesday that he won’t order troop withdrawals beyond what’s already been planned.
The president refuses to “jeopardize the hard-fought gains” of the past year.
As anti-war activists demonstrated around downtown Washington, the president spoke at the Pentagon to mark the anniversary of a war that has cost nearly 4,000 U.S. lives and roughly $500 billion. The president’s address was part of a series of events the White House planned around the anniversary and next month’s report from the top U.S. figures in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. That report will be the basis for Bush’s first troop-level decision in seven months.
“The battle in Iraq has been longer and harder and more costly than we anticipated,” Bush said.
What did Bush have to say to those who “still call for retreat”?
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