US ambassador: Bush not seeking permanent military bases in Iraq

The US ambassador to Iraq says the Bush administration is not trying to set up permanent military bases in Iraq. Ambassador Ryan Crocker rejects the notion that the legal and military agreements he wants this year are blueprints for an everlasting American military presence inside Iraq. Crocker told reporters at the State Department on Thursday that the US presence will not be forever. He says the agreements will be public and free of any secret provisions. He wants to get one deal done by the end of July and the other by the end of the year.