President Bush has met with his top military leaders about operations in Iraq, two weeks ahead of a key report to Congress on progress there.
Mr. Bush consulted with the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Gates during the private meeting at the Pentagon Friday.
The Pentagon officials were to give the president what one military official called "unvarnished" recommendations and assessments. They were also expected to discuss with Mr. Bush the long-term impact of maintaining the current level of 160-thousand U.S. troops in Iraq. In two weeks, the top commander in Iraq - General David Petraeus - and the U.S. ambassador there, Ryan Crocker, will issue to Congress a long-awaited report on progress in Iraq.