At this point, the determination is to meet the Aug. 15 deadline.

We are not going to abandon Iraq.

We will help them if our help is needed. They will have to decide if they need help or not.

It is important that the Iraqi people have confidence in the election results and that the voting process, including the process for vote counting, is free and fair.

The U.S. and Iraq will work together next year to shift Iraqi resources from unproductive subsidies to productive uses that enable Iraqis to earn livelihoods.

You can't have someone who is regarded as sectarian as the minister of interior.

Iraq's political parties and their leaders must come together to reinforce their commitment to democratic principles and national unity.

I think American impatience has to do with the notion that we don't know what we're doing. If we could project that we are moving in the right direction, Americans are ready to be very patient.

I do believe it's possible that we could adjust our forces, downsizing them in the course of next year. That's possible given the positive political developments and continuing growth in the capabilities of the Iraqi forces.