Fed's Bernanke-U.S. recovery to pick up post-Iraq

Federal Reserve Board Governor Ben Bernanke said on Monday that if the geopolitical uncertainty surrounding a possible war against Iraq is soon resolved, the economy should grow above potential in the second half of the year.

"Our hope and expectation is that when some of these geopolitical issues are resolved we will see a much stronger recovery and the expectation is that by the second half of the year the economy will be growing above potential," he said.

Bernanke referred to the maximum spe