Bush touts Israel as yardstick for Iraq
By Jennifer Loven
NEWPORT, R.I. -- President Bush held up Israel as a model for defining success in Iraq on Thursday, saying the U.S. goal there is not to eliminate attacks but to enable a democracy that can function despite violence.
Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., the senior Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a lengthy floor speech earlier this week contending Bush's war strategy won't have time to work and that U.S. troops should start leaving now.
The White House thought it had until an expected September assessment by military commanders to deal with political fallout on the unpopular war.
But criticism is mounting. A majority of senators now believe troops should start coming home within the next few months. And House Republicans want to revive the independent Iraq Study Group to give the nation new options.
In Israel, Bush said, "terrorists have taken innocent human life for years in suicide attacks. The difference is that Israel is a functioning democracy and it's not prevented from carrying out its responsibilities. And that's a good indicator of success that we're looking for in Iraq."
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