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President Asks for Patience

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Four years ago Monday night, America was learning the very first details of the U.S. attack on Iraq. From 'shock and awe', to the quick overthrow of the Saddam Hussein's regime, to the current climate of uncertainty and national discontent, it's fair to say it's been a long four years.

But more patience; that's what President Bush is asking from Americans as we enter our fifth year in the Iraq war.

"The fight is difficult, but it can be won. It will be won if we have the courage and resolve to see it through," says President Bush at a White House News Conference.

But for some, patience is wearing thin. Violence continues to rattle Iraq's stability. Monday, more than a dozen Iraqis were killed in explosions, eight in a Baghdad Mosque.

In a video conference with Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki President Bush expressed confidence in him and the Baghdad security crackdown that's underway.

"The new strategy will need more time to take effect and there will be good days and there will be bad days ahead as the security plan unfolds," says President Bush.

But some Americans don't share that optimism. Anti-war protesters were arrested on Wall Street Monday and on Capitol Hill, Democrats critical of the war cited grim statistics and called for change.

"Today our success in Iraq is as elusive as it ever was and has ever been over the past 1,460 days. More than 3,200 American soldiers have given the ultimate measure of sacrifice and more than 24,000 have been injured," says Representative Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader.

By the end of this year, U.S. Taxpayers will have spent over 500 billion dollars on the war. This week, the House of Representatives will work on a war spending bill that would require U.S. Troops to withdraw from Iraq by the fall of 2008.

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