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BUSH: Insurgents thwarted U.S. efforts in 2006

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WHITE HOUSE - President Bush says insurgents in Iraq have thwarted U-S efforts at "establishing security and stability throughout the country" this year.

The president also says he has asked new Defense Secretary Robert Gates to report to him as quickly as possible on plans to enlarge the size of the Army and Marine Corps. In the year-end White House news conference, the president said the U-S will "ask more of our Iraqi partners" next year. However, the president sidestepped a question as to whether he would order a so-called surge of troops in Iraq as a first step toward gaining control there.

Near the end of his news conference, Bush criticized those who he said were trying to write the history of his administration before it was over.  Bush said present-day historians cannot accurately write his history because many of them have political agendas, and that an accurate portrayal of his administration will come in time.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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