President Bush says he may be optimistic about Iraq but he's also a realist.In his White House news conference, Bush was asked about growing perceptions among Americans that there's a divide between Bush's view on Iraq and what's going on there. The president says he's "confident" the U-S will succeed in Iraq, otherwise he'd "pull our troops out." In his words, "If I didn't believe we had a plan for victory, I wouldn't leave our people in harm's way." Bush says it's "very important to have a president who's realistic and listens to what the enemy says." And Bush says militants in Iraq want to drive Americans out and then pursue the fight by attacking the U-S. The president says that makes victory in Iraq essential. Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.