U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed in Washington belief on Tuesday that President George W. Bush will present to the American people "a new way forward" in terms of the Iraq war.
Speaking to reporters about the White House's latest announcement that Bush will put off until early next month announcing a new approach to the Iraq war, Rice said there were several factors when Bush decided to make the time shift.
The factors include a desire to allow incoming Defense Secretary Robert Gates to settle in and help in developing the new policy. Gates starts the job on Dec. 18, replacing Donald H. Rumsfeld.
"The president's goal and indeed his responsibility is to do precisely what he said he would do," Rice said. She said that was to present to the American people "a new way forward."
White House spokesman Tony Snow said earlier in the day that Bush will not announce his new Iraq strategy until the new year, probably in January. Before the latest announcement, Snow said Friday that Bush would deliver Iraq speech before the Dec. 25 Christmas holiday.