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Bush on Iraq, Gonzales

From NBC's Mark Murray
During his meeting this morning with General David Petraeus, President Bush took two questions from the press. The first was on whether he would compromise on any legislation that sets a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. "I believe strongly that politicians in Washington shouldn't be telling generals how to do their job," Bush replied. "And I believe artificial timetables of withdrawal would be a mistake... I will, of course, be willing to work with the Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, on a way forward... But I also made it clear that no matter how tough it may look, that for the Congress to micromanage this process is a mistake."

And on Alberto Gonzales (and the criticism the attorney general has received over his Senate testimony last week) Bush said that Gonzales' performance "increased my confidence in his ability to do the job... [I]t was clear that the Attorney General broke no law, did no wrongdoing. And some senators didn't like his explanation, but he answered as honestly as he could. This is an honest, honorable man, in whom I have confidence."