updated 8/28/2007 9:05:39 AM ET 2007-08-28T13:05:39

President Bush speaks to thousands of veterans today at the American Legion convention in Reno, Nevada. It's his second major speech in a week aimed at bolstering support for the war in Iraq.

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A senior administration official says Bush's speech will argue that fighting extremists in Iraq is crucial to U.S. security and to the future of the Middle East.

At a political fundraiser in Washington state last night, Bush warned that failure in Iraq will cause the enemy to "follow us to America."

Last week before the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, Bush likened today's fight against extremism in Iraq to past conflicts in Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

The speeches are intended to set the stage for next month's progress report on the war.

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