"There will be no single point at which we can claim victory."
"It is possible for the United States to see its goals realised in Iraq."
"It is no exaggeration to say Iraq is ... a traumatised society."
"Iraqis are facing the most profound political and economic challenges imaginable."
"The trajectory of political, economic and diplomatic developments in Iraq is upwards, although the slope of that line is not steep."
"The seeds of reconciliation are being planted."
"Prime Minister Maliki and other Iraqi leaders face enormous obstacles in efforts to govern effectively."