One day before the third anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq, President Bush has continued his drive to convince Americans that going to war was the right thing to do.
Mr. Bush said on U.S. radio on Saturday that U.S. strategy in Iraq is getting results, slowly but surely. He said the response of Iraqi leaders to sectarian violence shows they are committed to democracy.
And he said the violence has created a new sense of urgency to form a national unity government as soon as possible.
In the Democratic response Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said today Mr. Bush needs to show the leadership necessary to bring Iraq's political factions together. She said the American people want 2006 to be a year of significant transition in Iraq.
Recent public opinion polls have shown that a majority of Americans now believes the war was a mistake.