President Bush's State of the Union address happened very early in the morning in Iraq, so few people saw it and it was not covered in Wednesday's newspapers. But Iraqis were aware that the important speech was taking place, and of course have strong feelings about the points regarding Iraq. (VIDEO)
In an attempt to get some reaction from local Iraqis, our crew interviewed people about their thoughts. We spoke to 68-year-old Khaddar Khafajee. Last year his nephew was killed when his house was bombed. He has suffered many losses and has strong views about Americans and Bush.
"What have the Americans done to benefit Iraq?" asked Khafajee. "They have done nothing but killing and demolishing."
But Khafajee also had to admit, "Without the American army here, massacres would take place in Baghdad and other places in Iraq. It would be civil war."
Khafajee's view is shared by many Iraqis, who feel let down by what they view as failed promises from the Iraqi government and Bush.
As for the increased troops here, Iraqis hope it will make a difference. They pray it will work. But this is the last chance. Many believe that if this fails it will be a disaster, a catastrophe. It will mean Iraq will descend into hell.
* The names of local journalists are not being used to protect their identity.