President Bush will make a nation-wide address Sunday evening on the fight against terrorism as he prepares to ask Congress for billions of dollars more to pay for the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
President Bush will address the nation Sunday evening at what White House spokesman Scott McClellan says is a critical moment in the war on terrorism.
Mr. McClellan says the president feels this is a good time to talk to the American people about progress in the fight against terrorism and what is needed to move forward.
It is also the time the president is preparing to ask Congress for as much as $60 billion more for Iraq. That is significantly more than Congress was expecting to spend and is certain to raise questions about the pace of U.S. operations there and efforts to offset that expense and risk by having more nations share the burden.
While there is still no hard figure for the president's upcoming request to Congress, that money will come on top of a $79-billion pay-out six months ago to fund operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bush administration officials say they underestimated how much it would cost to rebuild Iraq because profits from Iraqi oil are lower than expected and assistance from other nations has not come as quickly as they hoped.