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What Was Missing


I thought Bush’s speech would be more Reaganesque, in the sense that Reagan liked to use props to illustrate his points. Remember those speeches from behind the desk in the Oval Office, in which Reagan would display some black-and-white satellite photo purporting to show Soviet missile deployments, or some such thing? I’ve been expecting Bush to use this approach for weeks, and thought that he would do it for sure tonight. Something like pictures of suspicious-looking trucks racing away from a death factory a day before Hans Blix showed up there.