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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
 
The speech.
Hmmm. How to begin? Should I rail at the weasel words:
"Today Iraq has more than 160,000 security forces trained and equipped for a variety of missions."
Or at his refusal to take responsibility for screwing up the post-invasion plan:
"If our commanders on the ground say we need more troops, I will send them. But our commanders tell me they have the number of troops they need to do their job."
But what's the point? I guess the main point is that this speech showed no change. No new insights. No willingness to admit that this war requires a new and effective way of thinking about the "War on Terror". Let's do something more fun. How about a word count?

Terror, or Terrorists, or Al Qaida-----------------25 mentions

9-11, Defending America from evil------------------9 mentions

Weapons of Mass Destruction----------------------0 mentions

1700 dead US troops-------------------------------0 mentions

Regret for starting an unnecessary war--Sorry, what was I thinking?
 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

Cost of the War in Iraq
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