Clap Louder.

Cheer for the war more, and the war will be no more.

Or something like that. I too, heard nothing new. I wasn’t expecting to. Stay the Course, version 5.0. Or more. I’ve lost track by now. I had to watch, kind of in a sick, car-crash kind of way, only worse. I’d say that he looked far less confident than we’re used to seeing him during his presidential addresses. I’d say that the stammering and stumbling was a notch higher also. I’m sure it was a painful speech for him to give.

When you have a 26% job approval rating, how do you go out there and tell a skeptical nation that:

“This new strategy will not yield an immediate end to suicide bombings, assassinations, or IED attacks. Our enemies in Iraq will make every effort to ensure that our television screens are filled with images of death and suffering. Yet over time, we can expect to see Iraqi troops chasing down murderers, fewer brazen acts of terror, and growing trust and cooperation from Baghdad’s residents.”

and:

“Even if our new strategy works exactly as planned, deadly acts of violence will continue — and we must expect more Iraqi and American casualties.”

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