President Bush says he looks forward to the recommendations from the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel named by Congress to give advice on U.S. policy in Iraq.
Mr. Bush met at the White House Monday with the panel, which is led by former Secretary of State James Baker, a Republican, and former Democratic Congressman Lee Hamilton.
President Bush says he is not sure what the group will recommend, but says that he believes the best military options for Iraq depend on conditions on the ground.
The group's recommendations are expected later this year.
The Democrats, who won control of both houses of Congress in mid-term elections last week, say their priority will be a change of course in Iraq.
The likely incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, today accused the Bush administration of ignoring the reality on the ground and continuing with failed policies. He said alternatives need to be examined.
Two chief US allies -- Australia and Britain -- are calling for dialogue with Iran and Syria on ending violence in Iraq.
President Bush today said the United States expects Syria to help the young democracy in Iraq succeed.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to speak with the Iraq Study Group Tuesday via video link.