Washington DC - President George W. Bush held a press conference at the White House this morning to announce that he expects "heavy fighting" in Iraq in the weeks and months to come. "We can expect more American and Iraqi casualties," Bush said. "We must provide our troops with the funds and resources they need to prevail." You can read more of Bush's comments, and the Democratic response, here.
Bush also discussed the Justice Department's probe against Attorney General Anthony Gonzales' firing of US Attorney's in 2006, calling it "grand political theatre." This comes the day after former Justice Department official Monica Goodling testified that Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty was "not fully candid" about the 2006 firings of U.S. attorneys. You can read about her testimony here.
So while we have expectations of a violent summer in Iraq (tends to happen when you have a violent winter, spring and fall), we don't have a date for the return of our troops. Is it just me, or does it feel kind of shameful that the politicians that sent these men and women to war in the first place will be watching them on plasma television sets in their summer vacation homes, getting up every now and then to address the media, to tell them that the war is being won, that more money is needed and that whoever votes against it supports terrorism.
Of course, this comes on the same day that more prewar Intelligence, this time from the Senate Intelligence Committee, may be declassified and released. CNN reported that "a former intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the decision to go to war had been made months before the 2003 papers were drafted and analysts had no delusions that they were going to head off military action. Rather, the official said, they hoped their warnings would be considered in the planning."
Upon release of this 511 page report, Bush's approval ratings could drop even below the reported 34%.
Sources: CNN, Fox News (Poll)