a classical guerrilla-type campaign.
We will defeat these terrorists who kill innocents, we will defeat these murderers who spare no faith.
In terms of comparison from six months ago, in terms of foreign fighters, I believe there are more foreign fighters coming into Iraq than there were six months ago, ... In terms of overall strength of the insurgency, I would say it is the same as it was.
I don't know if I would make any comment about that other than to say that there is a lot of work against the insurgency.
The weather was bad. We don't know of any enemy action. The investigation continues.
Boots per square inch is not the issue. You have to have solid intelligence in a conflict such as this, so you can get to the terrorists.
We have decided to make sure that we're cautious about how we're operating, and I have nothing to say further than that.
I do think there is a general lack of understanding in the United States as to how it's going.
We have a number of killed in the action in Nasiriya with the Marines -- I believe that number will remain less than 10 -- and a number of wounded.
It's a workable document from which good things can flow.
The important thing is whether or not the overall movement towards stability and security is falling more and more in the hands of the Iraqis.
Clearly, we understand that we've got an enemy that's in for the long term, al-Qaida and the associated groups that are aligned with it, ... We know that they've got a long-term strategy to fight, to gain ground, to gain influence. And it's very very clear that we've got to have the same sort of long term strategy to contest it. But the keystone to this strategy is helping the people in the region help themselves.
The enemy that brought us 9/11 continues to represent one of the greatest dangers to this nation.
When we continue to pick at the wound and show the pictures over and over again it just creates the image ? a false image ? like this is the sort of stuff that is happening anew, and it's not.
We must help others in the region help themselves by promoting self-reliant partners who are willing to face the enemy.
There are a lot of people in the Middle East who believe our weakness is our inability to stay the course, and they believe that two casualties today, two casualties tomorrow, four the next day, will eventually drive us out.
It is a belief that they hold firmly, and we need to be just as firm that we can't be driven out.
We've got to get more senior Iraqis involved -- former military types -- involved in the Iraq security forces, ... In the next couple of days, you'll see a large number of senior officers being appointed to key positions in the Ministry of Defense and the Iraqi joint-staff and in Iraqi field commands.
Of course you've heard and seen in the press that Osama bin Laden is surrounded, we have him cornered and we know where he is, etc., etc. And of course, we don't know that.
I would say that U.S. officials and Iraqi officials are looking for the right people in the Sunni community to talk to in order to ensure that the Sunni Arab community ... becomes part of the political process.
And clearly we know that the vast majority of the insurgents are from the Sunni Arab community.
In terms of overall strength of the insurgency, I would say it is the same as it was.
Now, people will say, 'Well, that's a very small number,' but when you understand that they're organized in cellular structure, that they have a brutal and determined cadre, that they know how to operate covertly, they have access to a lot of money and a lot of ammunition, you'll understand how dangerous they are.
the shield behind which politics take place.
And so I think that if the person has the funds, the network, and the equipment to do this, and also the experience, which is the key factor, then they can be quite deadly.