By JONATHAN WEISMAN AND ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
Sunday, September 9, 2007
June 27, 2007
"We can't go on forever -- secure, building and holding, without the [Iraqi] government. . . . When someone's got something to lose, they look at things a whole lot differently than when they've got nothing to lose."
July 20, 2007
"There is no question, that post the Petraeus report in mid-September, that everybody is prepared to change course. There are some people who just want to quit and leave, and that is unacceptable.
"The way we're deployed, how we're deployed, how many are deployed and who's doing what will move and will change. My hope is it will change because of the relative results of the surge."
Sept. 6, 2007
"If the Maliki government doesn't deliver on political thresholds, that's not a failure of the U.S. We gave them the opportunity for elections; we gave them the opportunity to draft a constitution; we gave them a military capable of defending themselves -- or, getting there."
Awaiting the general:
"These other ancillary reports that are coming out here, there and yonder are only like looking at pieces of a bigger crossword puzzle. It's Petraeus who will put those pieces together, and I think we owe it to him to hear him out. . . . We may very well be on the cusp of winning."