President Bush addressed the nation Tuesday evening in a major speech outlining his military and political strategy for winning the conflict in Iraq.

His speech marks the one-year anniversary of U.S. transfer of sovereignty to Iraq. It comes as a new poll Washington Post-ABC News released shows a majority of Americans (56 percent) disapprove of Mr. Bush's handling of the war. A clear majority, however, say they are willing to see U.S. forces remain in Iraq for an extended time until the country is stabilized.

Before his speech at a large military base in North Carolina, Mr. Bush is set to meet privately with some of the family members of the more than 1,700 U.S. service members who have died since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.