``As security improves, more Iraqis are stepping forward to defend their democracy,'' said Bush today in his weekly radio address. ``Young Iraqi men are signing up for the army'' and ``coalition and Iraqi forces have doubled the number of joint operations,'' he said.
Bush continued making the case for his troop ``surge'' ahead of a report to Congress Sept. 11 from the U.S. commander in Iraq and the ambassador there on the effects of the additional 30,000 troops he ordered there earlier this year.
Some members of Congress are showing impatience with the Bush administration's strategy in Iraq and expressing doubts that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is capable of bridging the country's political divides.
Senator John Warner, a senior Republican from Virginia, called Aug. 24 for the president to announce a partial troop drawdown by Sept. 15. Senator Carl Levin, a Democrat from Michigan and chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Aug. 20 that he had lost confidence in Maliki and that the Iraqi parliament should replace him. Bloomberg