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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. security operations in Baghdad are fundamentally flawed and President Bush will propose a "new course" during a televised address Wednesday night, a White House official said.
In the speech, Bush will announce a plan to send about 20,000 more troops to Iraq in an effort to pacify Baghdad, according to an unnamed U.S. official who spoke to CNN on Tuesday. The speech, scheduled for 9 p.m. ET, will be shown on CNN with a preview beginning at 7 p.m. and will be live online on CNN Pipeline.
Bush will propose an "Iraqi initiative" that requires U.S. support, Dan Bartlett, counselor to the president, told CNN on Wednesday. "What we've seen time and time again in the security operations we've attempted in the past in Baghdad had two real fundamental flaws," Bartlett said. Operations did not include enough Iraqi or U.S. troops "to hold the neighborhoods we had cleared throughout Baghdad," he said.