Bush and Jaafari: No Deadline on Leaving Iraq President Bush seeks to end talk of a timetable for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq. At a White House press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the president said that setting a firm exit date would "concede too much to the enemy."
NPR logo

Bush and Jaafari: No Deadline on Leaving Iraq

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4717883/4717884" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Bush and Jaafari: No Deadline on Leaving Iraq

Bush and Jaafari: No Deadline on Leaving Iraq

Bush and Jaafari: No Deadline on Leaving Iraq

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4717883/4717884" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Full NPR Coverage of News Conference

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4717883/4717610" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

President Bush seeks held a press conference in the East Room with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Reuters hide caption

toggle caption
Reuters

President Bush slams the door on talk of a timetable for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq. At a press conference in the East Room of the White House, the president argued that setting a firm exit date would "concede too much to the enemy." Bush was meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

Jaafari echoed the President's sentiment, saying, "This is not the time to fall back." Talk of an exit strategy and a timetable for leaving Iraq have floated around the capital this week; in testifying before Congress, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Thursday refused to speculate on a timetable for pulling U.S. troops from Iraq.