WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. military commanders are moving about 1,500 troops from a reserve force in Kuwait into the volatile Anbar province in western Iraq to help local authorities establish order there.
The deployment comes at a time when the Bush administration is under heavy election-year pressure to begin drawing down the roughly 130,000 American troops in Iraq.
"Mr. President, would you please explain why we are sending more troops into harm's way?"
"Trying to stop suiciders — which we're doing a pretty good job of on occasion — is difficult to do. And what the Iraqis are going to have to eventually do is convince those who are conducting suiciders who are not inspired by Al Qaeda, for example, to realize there's a peaceful tomorrow." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 24, 2006
"Mr. President, you declared an end to major combat operations some time ago."
"You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006
"Okay...would you comment on your view of separation of powers of the three branches of government?"
"Another example would be the Dred Scott case, which is where judges, years ago, said that the Constitution allowed slavery because of personal property rights. That's a personal opinion. That's not what the constitution says. The constitution of the United States says we're all — you know, it doesn't say that. It doesn't speak to the equality of America." —George W. Bush, second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004