- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 17, 2005

President Bush will tell Americans tomorrow in an Oval Office address that the U.S. mission in Iraq has entered a critical period in the aftermath of Iraq’s election, the White House said yesterday.

The White House scheduled the speech for 9 p.m. EST tomorrow and asked television networks to carry the speech live.

The address, expected to last less than 20 minutes, follows a series of four speeches that Mr. Bush gave ahead of Iraq’s election Thursday.

In his address, the president is expected to stress, as he has in recent speeches, that it will take time to form a permanent Iraqi government.

He also is likely to talk about what it will take to pull some U.S. troops out of Iraq beyond those added for extra security for the Iraqi election.

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