This is a rush transcript from "The Journal Editorial Report," January 13, 2007.
PAUL GIGOT, HOST: This week on the "Journal Editorial Report," Mission Baghdad, as the president lays out his plans to clear, hold and build in the troubled capital city, he issues a warning to Iran.
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GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We'll seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.
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GIGOT: Plus, the U.S. goes on the offensive in Somalia, killing several al-Qaeda suspects in air strikes this week. We'll take a look at the progress being made in the larger war on terror, after these headlines.
GIGOT: Welcome to the "Journal Editorial Report." I'm Paul Gigot.
President Bush's much-anticipated speech this week on Iraq included stepped-up moves to counter Iranian involvement aimed at killing Americans.
In a thinly veiled message to Iran, Bush announced that he had ordered the deployment of an additional aircraft carrier strike group to the region, and would provide Patriot anti-missile systems to nearby allies.
Joining the panel this week, "Wall Street Journal" Columnist and Deputy Editor Dan Henninger, Foreign Affairs Columnist Bret Stephens and Editorial Board Member Rob Pollock.
Rob, you heard the president's speech. Everybody is talking about the fact that it involves more troops. But does it really involve a change of strategy?
ROB POLLOCK, WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER: Well, the change of strategy is the really the big difference. And it's very easy to understand. We've finally decided that it is a U.S. job to help police Baghdad.
Any visitor to the Iraqi capital, for the past couple of years, has noticed that almost all the American troops are out at the airport or in the Green Zone. If you go around the city, you don't see them.
That's going to change under this plan. There's going to be a U.S. garrison in each of nine or ten different districts into which the city is going to be divided. I think there are very good reasons to believe that that might help stabilize the city.
GIGOT: The goal here is to protect the population, Dan. Is it not? And it's based on some real rethinking that the American military has done about counter insurgency strategy over the last two or three years, incorporating the lessons of what we've — what's happening in Iraq.
DAN HENNINGER, WSJ COLUMNIST AND DEPUTY EDITOR: Absolutely. It is no coincidence that General David Petraeus is being sent in to do this. He was the fellow who oversaw the rewriting of the rewriting of the Army's counter insurgency manual. He is an expert on this.
And there are a lot of U.S. troops in Iraq who have wanted to do this for a long time.
Now, there's one additional point to be made here. What they're trying to do is suppress the violence. Because, until you do that, the government can't function.
Carl Levin, the Senate Defense — Foreign — Arms Services Committee chairman, said, after the president's speech, that we should force Maliki to do business with the Sunnis.