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Bush, Rumsfeld Defend Strategy

President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday defended the U.S. strategy in Iraq, saying the ultimate goals remain unchanged despite escalating violence and increasingly somber assessments from military leaders on the ground. Speaking at a Washington fundraiser, Bush said the U.S. goal in Iraq “is clear and unchanging”: creating a country that can govern and defend itself and “that will be an ally in the war against these extremists.” In a briefing later at the Pentagon, Rumsfeld played down the significance of fighting and sectarian violence that have erupted over the past few days outside Baghdad, as U.S. troops in Iraq suffer some of the highest monthly casualties since the 2003 invasion. Full Story

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