..and women and more than $400 billion to kill Saddam Hussein, destroy a country and turn most of the world against Americas foreign policies and war mongering.Now Bush has decided to send another 20,000 troops to Iraq to shorten the war.He has also made it clear he is losing patience with the new Iraqi government, I wonder what he will do about that? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16558652/?GT1=8921 News and news services Updated: 10:24 p.m. ET Jan. 10, 2007 WASHINGTON - Defying public opinion polls and newly empowered Democratic lawmakers, President Bush told Americans Wednesday that he is dispatching 21,500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq. And in a rare admission, he said he made a mistake by not deploying more forces sooner. The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people, and it is unacceptable to me, Bush said in a televised address from the White House. Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me. With American patience running thin over his handling of the war, Bush said he would put greater pressure on Iraqis to restore order in Baghdad and used blunt language to warn Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that Americas commitment is not open-ended. If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people, and it will lose the support of the Iraqi people, Bush said. Bush said his new strategy, in which Iraqis will try to take responsibility for security in all 18 provinces by November rather than just three now, will not yield an immediate end to suicide bombings and other violence. But he said the increased military presence would help break the cycle of violence gripping Iraq and hasten the day our troops begin coming home. Bush said that 17,500 troops would go to Baghdad and 4,000 to the volatile Anbar province, Senior administration officials said before the president spoke that the first wave of troops is expected to arrive in five days, with others joining about 130,000 U.S. troops already in Iraq in the coming weeks. Bushs decision will push the American presence in Iraq toward its highest level and puts him on a collision course with the new Democratic Congress. Democrats: Strategy bound to fail Democratic congressional leaders said shortly after Bush spoke that Bush's failure to impose a deadline on the Iraqis to assume responsibility for their own security doomed the initiative to failure. Iraqi political leaders will not take the necessary steps to achieve a political resolution to the sectarian problems in their country until they understand that the U.S. commitment is not open-ended," said the statement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic Whip Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. "Escalating our military involvement in Iraq sends precisely the wrong message and we oppose it. Anticipating such reaction, Bush warned in his speech that to step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government, tear that country apart and result in mass killings on an unimaginable scale. Senate and House Democrats are arranging votes urging the president not to send more troops. While lacking the force of law, the measures would compel Republicans to go on record as either bucking the president or supporting an escalation. Usually loath to admit error, Bush acknowledged in his speech that it was a mistake to have allowed American forces to be restricted by the Iraqi government, which tried to prevent U.S. military operations against fighters controlled by the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a powerful political ally of al-Maliki. This time, the president said, al-Maliki had assured him there will be no such interference and that political or sectarian interference will not be tolerated. The president also accused Iran and Syria of allowing use of their territory for terrorists and insurgents to move in and out of Iraq and vowed, We will interrupt the flow of support from Syria and Iran. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq. Ahead of a visit to the Middle East by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Bush said Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Persian Gulf states needed to understand that a U.S. defeat in Iraq would create a new sanctuary for extremists and a strategic threat to their survival. Last chance to sway public opinion? After nearly four years of bloody combat, the speech was perhaps Bushs last credible chance to try to present a winning strategy in Iraq and persuade Americans to change their minds about the unpopular war, which has cost the lives of more than 3,000 members of the U.S. military as well as more than $400 billion. Eric Draper / The White House Tonight in Iraq, the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged in a struggle that will determine the direction of the global war on terror - and our safety here at home. The new strategy I outline tonight will change America's course in Iraq, and help us succeed in the fight against terror. Bushs approach amounts to a huge gamble on al-Malikis willingness and ability to deliver on promises he has consistently failed to keep: to disband Shiite militias, pursue national reconciliation and make good on commitments for Iraqi forces to handle security operations in Baghdad. Our past efforts to secure Baghdad failed for two principal reasons: There were not enough Iraqi and American troops to secure neighborhoods that had been cleared of terrorists and insurgents, the president said. And there were too many restrictions on the troops we did have. He said American commanders have reviewed the Iraqi plan to ensure that it addressed these mistakes. Bush said that under his plan, U.S. forces will work alongside Iraqi units and be embedded in their formations.