Monday, December 19, 2005
By Jay Dixit
The WP says Bush's tone was "subdued" as a result of being "chastened by ... travails on the battlefield abroad and the political freefall at home." The Wall Street Journal calls it "a somber tone that acknowledged the deeply felt objections of war opponents." The Los Angeles Times notes that Bush, right, was "unrepentant" about the decision to remove Saddam Hussein. A USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll shows that only a third of Americans think the U.S. is winning the war, and almost two thirds want partial or full U.S. withdrawal.
The WP news analysis notes that the last time Bush delivered a prime-time speech from the Oval Office, "he expected a decisive victory and gratitude from a liberated people," whereas this time around, he spent much of his time "arguing with those who 'conclude that the war is lost.'" The New York Times news analysis argues that the crux of Bush's new argument is the distinction between "honest critics" and "defeatists" who "give up too early and let terrorists believe they have intimidated 'America into a policy of retreat.'" The NYT sums up Bush's new strategy this way: "Reach out to critics on Iraq, while shoving back -- hard -- at those who insist that the campaign against terrorism has gone too far."
Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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