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Dems, Bush each find their views confirmed in Iraq report

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(CNN) -- President Bush said the Iraq Study Group shares his vision of a democratic Iraq, while the Democratic incoming intelligence committee chairman said the group's report confirms that "stay the course" isn't working.

Both the president's Saturday radio address and the Democratic response, delivered by U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, addressed the report released on Wednesday.

Bush called the study group's report "a straightforward picture of the grave situation we face in Iraq" -- echoing its assessment that the situation there is "grave and deteriorating."

Bush said his administration is reviewing the document, but he is adopting a wait-and-see attitude toward its recommendations until he hears advice from the military and State Department on how to proceed.

The report bolsters many of the Democrats' views on policy, said Reyes, the representative from Texas. It "provides some possible options that deserve serious consideration." (Watch as Reyes says "We need a new approach")

Bush also said in his address that the report supports his party's policies. It "endorses the strategic goal we've set in Iraq: an Iraq that can 'govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself.' "

Next week, President Bush plans to attend key meetings on Iraq, and hopes to be able to announce a new strategy before Christmas.

Bush wants more input before 'I make the decisions'

Bush said he shared the report's goal of "an Iraq with a broadly representative government that maintains its territorial integrity, is at peace with its neighbors, denies terrorism a sanctuary, and doesn't brutalize its own people" but said that it would take time.

The study group rejected the policy of "stay the course" in Iraq, but also warned of the dangers of "a precipitous withdrawal." Bush said that underscored his belief that an immediate withdrawal could create even more sectarian violence and chaos.

"The Iraq Study Group understands the urgency of getting it right in Iraq. The group also understands that while the work ahead will not be easy, success in Iraq is important, and success in Iraq is possible," the president said. (Watch as Bush says the parties need to cooperate on Iraq)

His administration "will seriously consider every recommendation" from the study group, he said, as the Pentagon, the State Department, and the National Security Council complete "their own reviews of our strategy in Iraq."

"I want to hear all advice as I make the decisions to chart a new course in Iraq."

Reyes: Report 'confirms what most of us have known'

Reyes -- a military veteran of Vietnam and the U.S. Border Patrol -- said if Bush "is serious about the need for change in Iraq, he will find Democrats ready to work with him in a bipartisan fashion to find a way to end the war as quickly as possible."

He said the report "confirms what most of us have known for some time" about Bush's "stay the course" policy -- it has not been "working."

"We need a new approach," he said.

He pointed out that Republicans, as well as Democrats, believe a new direction is needed in Iraq, citing the comment by incoming Defense Secretary Robert Gates during the confirmation hearings this week that "we're not winning in Iraq."

Reyes singled out a recommendation Democrats have been pushing for -- "in order to begin the redeployment of our troops, we must change the mission of the U.S. military in Iraq from combat to training and support."

He said the Iraqi government must be held accountable for its actions and that a "new diplomatic offensive" must be launched "to engage Iraq's neighbors and the international community in the process of stabilizing Iraq and that region."



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