Friday, September 14, 2007

Post-Speech Analysis

Well, the President gave his speech last night wrapping up the week-long Gen Potemkin pro-surge media blitz. Barring perhaps John Edwards' 2 min rebuttal ad, Leno had just about the best post-speech analysis on the tube last night:
Watch it:

Here's some of what's buzzing around in print about the President's speech last night:

Steve Benen:
Deceptive or Delusional

So, how bad was the president’s speech last night? Slate’s Fred Kaplan explains.
President Bush’s TV address tonight was the worst speech he’s ever given on the war in Iraq, and that’s saying a lot. Every premise, every proposal, nearly every substantive point was sheer fiction. The only question is whether he was being deceptive or delusional. […]

The question could be asked throughout the speech… In what world is the president of the United States living? ...
No Exit, No Strategy

The White House insisted that President Bush had consulted intensively with his generals and adapted to changing circumstances. But no amount of smoke could obscure the truth: Mr. Bush has no strategy to end his disastrous war and no strategy for containing the chaos he unleashed. ...

In his speech last night, President Bush made a case for progress in Iraq by citing facts and statistics that at times contradicted recent government reports or his own words. ...