MEDIA WATCH: Bush unconvincing in message on Iraq

On May 24, President Bush addressed the US Army War College to lay out a plan for the transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30.

On May 24, President Bush addressed the US Army War College to lay out a plan for the transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30.

Increasing violence and the scandal over the abuse of prisoners by the US military have pushed his approval ratings to new lows and cast doubt on his chances for re-election. Bush advisers hoped the address would reverse negative sentiment, but questions persisted afterward. Most frequent messages 1. Bush's approval ratings have hit new lows and have cast doubt on re-election chances 2. Bush didn't say who'll run the transitional government or set a timeline for US withdrawal 3. Bush stressed that the UN would have an important role in making Iraq a democracy 4. Striking a balance between security and sovereignty will be no easy task 5. Democrats are benefiting from the adverse publicity Bush is getting Based on 20 national, business, and top regional media articles appearing on May 25 Evaluation and analysis by Biz360

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