President Bush will address the nation Tuesday evening to outline his strategy for winning the conflict in Iraq which has cost the lives of more than 1700 American troops.
Aides say during Tuesday's speech, Mr. Bush will stress the need for patience as Iraq moves towards democracy. They say the president will acknowledge that the continuing violence has overshadowed what they say is the improving political climate in the war-torn country. The address comes on the first anniversary of the U.S. handover of sovereignty to Iraq.
Mr. Bush's speech, to be held at a large military base in the southern U.S. state of North Carolina, will take place amid wavering public support for the war.
A new Washington Post - ABC news poll released Tuesday shows Americans increasingly skeptical of administration claims the insurgency is weakening. Pollsters say 56 percent of Americans now disapprove of Mr. Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. However a clear majority said they were willing to keep U.S. forces in Iraq for an extended time until the country is stabilized.