Operation Iraqi Freedom overthrew Saddam Hussein's regime, but Iraq
remains unstable because of Sunni Arab resentment and a related
insurgency, compounded by Sunni-Shiite violence that some believe
has grown into a civil war. Mounting U.S. casualties and financial
costs -- without clear signs of security progress -- have
intensified a debate within the United States over the wisdom of
the invasion and whether to wind down U.S. involvement without
completely accomplishing initial U.S. goals. Some senior U.S.
military leaders have begun to express less optimism about the
security situation in Iraq and they, as well as Bush Administration
officials, are expressing some frustration at the unwillingness of
the Iraqi government to disband sectarian militias that are
committing violence against civilians of rival sects. President
Bush indicates that U.S. forces should and will remain in Iraq
until the country is able to provide for its own security, saying
that, over the longer term, Iraq can still become a model for
reform throughout the Middle East and a partner in the global war
on terrorism. In several series of speeches since 2005, he asserts
that U.S. policy is showing important success, demonstrated by two
elections (January and December 2005) that chose an ...
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