Bush Speech: Nothing New

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Nothing.

Fifteen minutes into the speech, Bush announced what he called "three new steps":

- partnering Iraq forces with others
- embeddeding coalition teams in Iraqi units
- coordinating activities with Iraqi ministries

He's kidding, right? We haven't been doing these things for two years?

He did say something else worth noting because he said it dozens of times: "terrorists." Terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists. "The principle task of our military is to find and defeat the terrorists." Terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists.

It's obvious that the speech-making strategy is to make Iraq the place where terrorists "are making their stand" and so we will stay in Iraq "until the fight is won." Near the end, 28 minutes into a 29-minute speech, Bush said, "After September 11, 2001 I told the American people that the road ahead would be difficult and we would prevail." Translation: Endless war.

Oh yeah, one other new thing: The Defense Department has a new website. Now that's leadership!

A disastrous speech by a paralyzed and inarticulate commander in chief who has nothing new to say, but figures saying it in front of a room full of people in uniform, with the word "terrorist" mentioned as frequently as possible, somehow gives it heft and gravitas.

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