According to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Democratic wave that won the party control of Congress did nothing to deter the Bush administration from continuing its Iraq mission until "the goal that took us to Iraq" is reached.
"It's too important to our own security," she said in a newspaper interview distributed Thursday. "Iraq has to be successful for America to be secure."
Rice said President George W. Bush has promised "that we will certainly make adjustments to our policy" in Iraq. "We will certainly look to new ideas."
But while "the American people clearly were voting for change, as the president said," they "were not voting for anything less than a success in Iraq."