The president has delayed a speech announcing possible changes in his Iraq strategy because, according to White House press secretary Tony Snow, he didn’t feel it was ready. Snow was careful to say that didn’t mean Bush was planning last-minute changes. Does that mean an ineffective strategy should remain in place, with the death toll mounting, because the rhetoric needs work?


President George W Bush will delay his announcement of possible changes to US policy in Iraq until after the new year, the White House has confirmed.

The speech – which had been expected before Christmas – was “not ready yet”, White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

The news comes as Mr Bush held a second day of talks with top US and Iraqi officials on the Iraq issue.

The talks follow a recent report on US policy in Iraq that called for urgent action to stop “a slide towards chaos”.

The high-level review by the Iraq Study Group (ISG) published last week said the current US strategy of staying the course was no longer viable.

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