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Monday, December 19, 2005
Goodbye, Rosie
The AP's Ron Fournier on Bush's primetime Iraq speech:
His credibility now in tatters, Bush injected a dose of reality into his rhetoric. He used some form of the word "sacrifice" four times, spoke three times of the "loss" caused by war and braced Americans for more to come: "There is more testing and sacrifice before us."

He said Iraq has been more difficult than expected, a rare admission of error. This is exactly what many senior Republicans had urged Bush to do — speak bluntly about war as Franklin Roosevelt did during World War II and eloquently about the cause and sacrifice as Abraham Lincoln did during the Civil War.

"Tonight was a high water mark in his acknowledgment that mistakes have been made and that he has to accept his share of the blame," said Republican Sen. John Warner (news, bio, voting record) of Virginia, chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

Did it work? That's for Americans to judge, but even with a softening of his rhetoric Bush is still giving doubters little leeway. People are still either with him — or for defeat.

"Defeatism may have its partisan uses," he said, "but it is not justified by the facts."

In related news, on MSNBC tonight after the speech, it was noted that Cheney's speech to U.S. troops during his surprise, 10-hour junket to Iraq was received "with a surprisingly muted response..."
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posted by JReid @ 12:50 AM  
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