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But I am satisfied that the information that we have that this is the work of Zarqawi, is accurate.

But the truth of the matter is that there is there is an opportunity for them to participate in the economic and political future of the country and certainly in the security life of the country.

Capturing any member of any terrorist cell or any insurgent cell that we may happen to come across is always very, very valuable, and the thing that interests me is that in most instances after a time people talk and they tell us what they know.

And so I think that if the person has the funds, the network, and the equipment to do this, and also the experience, which is the key factor, then they can be quite deadly.

I think what actually works best is local-level individual targeting of key leadership nodes.

Well, the hardest thing to do, as we know from our own experience on 9/11 is protect everything all the time.

Being on the run, having to change the way that you do business, being unable to plan in a safe and secure environment, always looking over your shoulder, knowing that some day somebody's going to knock on your door and it's going to be your last.

I think you will see a lot of strains develop in the political process that will result in violence everywhere in the country - but it's controllable, it's workable and it will lead to a much better future for these people.

Our forces will not be on the sidelines.

Morale is good; troops are confident; leaders are capable.

As far as Zarqawi is concerned, there is a network of extremists; it's not just Zarqawi.

But my Arabic is pretty good. It's good enough to have conversations with people, to understand what they say, to understand what they're feeling.

Everybody needs to understand that I learned Arabic from the United States Army as a second language. I never spoke it at home.

So, these political activities will create friction in and of themselves, and in this environment of friction there'll be additional violence.

The United States is the most powerful nation on Earth and it just can't walk away from the Middle East and central Asia and the Horn of Africa.

You don't build a new power plant in the United States overnight. It takes years to build.

You know as well as I do that counterinsurgency is a very nuanced type of military operation.

But all that having been said, you can't, in a city of a million people like Karbala, or 5 million like Baghdad, you can't be in all places at all times.

But clearly the fact that we've gone from zero Iraqi security forces on duty in May to up to 200,000 today is an enormous accomplishment, but it's not enough.

But the key shift in focus will be from counter-insurgency operations to more and more cooperation with Iraqi security forces and to building Iraqi security capacity.