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Bush’s Speech

Bush said what needed to be said last night, but ultimately no speech is going to make much of a difference in public opinion, especially with regard to Iraq. A majority of Americans are set in their opinions on the war, and those who are swayable won’t be swayed by words, but only an actual improvement in conditions in Iraq. I’m also having a harder and harder time taking Bush’s tough talk seriously. Bush said, “The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad.” He said he believes that Iraq is the central battle in, “the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century, and the calling of our generation.” If Bush truly believes these statements, then he’s going to have to do more than stick with the same strategy that obviously hasn’t been working too well. William Kristol and Rich Lowry have a piece in today’s Washington Post, arguing for more troops to reinforce Baghdad. Perhaps more troops is the answer, perhaps it’s too simple of a solution to a far more complicated situation. But if that’s not the answer, then Bush is going to have to consider other ways to “adapt to win.”

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