President Bush says revelations about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in U.S. custody will not affect plans to hand over sovereignty in Iraq by the end of June. Some Democrats are calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign over the prison scandal.
In his weekly radio address, President Bush said the conduct of a small number of American servicemen and women is shocking.
He said, "Such practices do not reflect our values. They are a stain on our country's honor and reputation."
Mr. Bush says those involved in the abuse will be punished. He says U.S. troops went to liberate Iraq and return sovereignty to the people. That transition will continue because, Mr. Bush says, he will not leave the country at the mercy of what he calls thugs and murderers.
In the Democratic radio address, retired General Wesley Clark says the prison abuse is another example of what he calls the president's poor leadership. He says Mr. Bush should create an international organization to provide economic and political assistance to lessen the burden America is bearing in Iraq.
Some Congressional Democrats are calling on the president to fire his defense secretary over the prison scandal. Mr. Bush says Secretary Rumsfeld is staying.