Juan Cole points out what was wrong with the President-Appointee's speech last night. Bob Somerby weighs in with his critical dissection. After the speech on CNN's post- speech analysis, Paula Zahn showed some balls in pointing out that the President's mention of 9/11 multiple times during the speech made no sense whatsoever since the connection between 9/11 and Saddam exists as much in reality as do the voices in the President's head. David Gergen, while agreeing with that in principle, correctly pointed out that it doesn't matter if there is no goddamned connection, the lobotomized idiots on the Right are still gonna hungrily lap up whatever patriotic swill Bush throws at them with gusto. Even a New York Times editorial today, surprisingly, slams the president's speech, saying
"Sadly, Mr. Bush wasted his opportunity last night, giving a speech that only answered questions no one was asking. He told the nation, again and again, that a stable and democratic Iraq would be worth American sacrifices, while the nation was wondering whether American sacrifices could actually produce a stable and democratic Iraq."