Rice says Bush Iraq war policy needs more time

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.