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.