Bush's Case for Iraq: A Former Speechwriter's View

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Talking About Iraq

Michael Gerson discusses historical events the president might consider in discussing Iraq, and how to change it:

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With sinking approval ratings and an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq, President Bush faces a challenge in convincing the public that he has an improved plan for U.S. involvement in Iraq.

The primetime address is a make-or-break moment for a president — and the president's speechwriter.

Michael Gerson was President Bush's chief speechwriter from 2001 until June 2006, and a senior policy adviser for the Bush administration from 2000 through June 2006. He also served as a member of the White House Iraq Group.

Michele Norris talks with Gerson about the best way for President Bush to talk to the American public about his proposals for Iraq. Gerson is now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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