While in Baghdad, Huckabee Asks Americans to Be Patient; Lincoln to Discuss War with Bush Today

JANUARY 25, 2006 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CST

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (AP) - Governor Huckabee is touring the war zone at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Defense.  The governor was in Iraq yesterday and was scheduled to fly on to Pakistan and Afghanistan before heading to Belgium for a visit with NATO officials.

Huckabee and governors from Wisconsin, Texas and Wyoming were briefed by the military and visited with U.S. troops in Baghdad.  Huckabee said Americans should not expect the war in Iraq to be wrapped up quickly.  He says violence and instability will likely continue.  But the Arkansas governor said the Sunni-led insurgency is losing momentum and he asked for patience from the American public.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) and other senators plan to meet with President Bush today for a briefing on the war in Iraq.  Lincoln will be at the White House to discuss the current state of affairs in the Middle Eastern country and the ongoing U.S. operations there.  Lincoln says the president should "engage in a frank and honest dialogue" about the war.  Last fall, she supported a resolution calling for a troop withdrawal timetable.  The Senate eventually voted down the measure.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)