WHITE HOUSE (AP) - In an address to the nation, President Bush
has committed more than 20-thousand additional American troops to
The President says that the situation there is "unacceptable"
to him and to the American people and his plan is a "strong
commitment." He also says that responsibility for mistakes in
conducting the mission rests with him.
Bush says U-S and Iraqi forces will "clear and secure"
neighborhoods in Baghdad. He also says he's given orders to
increase American forces in the troubled Anbar province by
He also cautioned that the year will "be bloody and violent"
even if his strategy "works exactly as planned."
Bush also emphasized that U-S support is not open-ended and that
the Iraqi government must meet its obligations.