December 29, 2006: Analysis: Bush Iraq choices get tougher (AP)

  • Dan Bartlett, counselor to the president, said Friday that neither the approaching 3,000th U.S. death in Iraq nor Saddam’s execution is “dictating when” Bush’s speech will be delivered. Those two events, though, will influence its reception by the American people.
  • “We’ve reached a critical moment. The president is clearly contemplating a strategy that will be very different from what he has been doing,” said Kagan, who is advocating a large surge in U.S. forces in Iraq. “That message is going to dominate the discussion. The American people want to know whether we’re going to win this war, and they’re going to listen very carefully to whatever the president says.”