Bush Backs Petraeus' Pause

President warns Iran against arming Iraqi militants
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2008 12:22 PM CDT
President Bush makes a statement on Iraq, Thursday, April 10, 2008, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington.    (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Vowing that Gen. David Petraeus will have “all the time he needs” in Iraq, President Bush today announced a pause, from August until at least mid-September, in withdrawal of troops from Iraq, CNN reports. Citing the post-surge security gains, Bush said, “we have renewed and revived the prospect of success” in a war he characterized as “difficult, not endless.”

Hope to ease pressure on an overworked military, Bush said troop deployments starting in August would be shortened from 15 months to 12. The president also admonished Iran for arming Shiite militias. Echoing Ambassador Ryan Crocker’s testimony before Congress, Bush said Iran “had a choice to make,” and "if Iran makes the wrong choice, America will act to protect our interests.”