Bush needs breakthrough in Iraq

If George W Bush had a New Year's Eve party last night, the US president must have wished good riddance to 2005.

31st December, 2005

If George W Bush had a New Year's Eve party last night, the US president must have wished good riddance to 2005. The decline in Bush's fortunes over the past 12 months has been startling.

He entered last year on a high.

He had just won re-election, vanquishing his Democratic opponent John Kerry and, in the process, exorcising the ghosts of his father's defeat by Bill Clinton.

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