US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday exhorted congressional critics of Iraq war policy to give President George W. Bush's administration and Iraq's fledgling government until September to "make a coherent judgment of where we are."
On the morning after the US House of Representatives voted 223-201 for a Democratic proposal to force a withdrawal of American troops by next spring, Rice acknowledged in a round of television interviews that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government has not achieved "as much progress as we would like."
"But we shouldn't just dismiss as inconsequential the progress that they have made," Rice argued.
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