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Monday, December 12, 2005

W's latest speech

I just read the president's latest speech, delivered today, regarding Iraq.

It's been hailed as a great speech and I wholeheartedly agree. It's wonderful that W is fulfilling the requirement that so many supporters had insisted upon; that he should almost daily tell the American people what is going on in Iraq, what our challenges are, what the stakes are and that we will remain firm. This speech does all of those things and it is merely today's, following many others and presumably to be followed by many more.

Now, no one can say with a straight face that there is not plan and we don't know what we're trying to achieve in Iraq.
They'll say it, just the same.

I don't have much in the way of analysis of this speech, though I found it informative and reassuring. Many of the things I had hoped I understood about today's Iraq were reinforced by the president's words. One issue that confuses me just a wee bit is how to measure the success of this Thursday's elections. I've been seeing a number of opinions put forth that seem to say that this Thursday will once and for all, if not silence the critics of the war, will go a long way toward proving success there.
That will probably be true for objective, honest folk. But the anti-war crowd will not accept any degree of success in this new election as proof they were wrong. What's to stop them? Facts never mattered before. Why should they matter now?
They will claim that Iraq's democracy is illegitimate and is nothing more than a US puppet state.

There's never been any shortage of silly people. Today's world is no exception.

During the blazing hot war in Iraq back in 2003, there was a factor known as the "tipping point". The tipping point is when the tide's when the defeated know they are defeated and a common consensus is gained that tips the issue toward a decision. There seems to be a feeling in the air that we are quickly approaching a political tipping point on Iraq.


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