Bush Concedes 2006 Was a Tough Year in Iraq

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Listen to President Bush's complete news conference, along with analysis from NPR.

President George W. Bush appeared before reporters today for what's expected to be his last press conference of 2006. He conceded that Iraq insurgents have made things difficult for U.S. troops in 2006, and also said that he's considering adding more troops to Iraq.

Most of the press conference questions were about Iraq, and the president said that he's deciding whether to order a temporary surge in troop levels to help stabilize the situation in Iraq.

"We can be smarter about how we deploy our manpower and resources," the president said. "We can ask more of our Iraqi partners and we will."

Madeleine Brand speaks to White House Correspondent Don Gonyea who attended the press conference, about the president's remarks.

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