Iraq: Can Bush Close the Deal?

His State of the Union address may be his last chance to convince a world increasingly opposed to an attack

It opens to cheers and bipartisan backslapping. All too often, though, a State of the Union address lapses into a mind-numbing recitation of a President's accomplishments -- real or imagined. But if you're planning to tune in on Jan. 28 to George W. Bush's annual report to the nation, banish all thoughts of a dreary script. Far from the usual laundry list, this speech is shaping up as one of the pivotal moments of Bush's Presidency -- a crucial chance to make the case for war against Iraq amid growing public doubts.

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