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Assertions

I didn’t especially care for Bush’s delivery. Bush should have been less somber, and more assertive. His brow seemed furrowed throughout the entire speech. I enjoyed many of the same lines Rod did: drifting toward tragedy/setting a course toward safety, and not a question of authority/a question of will. I also agree with Jonah that the highlight of the speech was when he spoke directly to the Iraqi people–because of the effect it would have on Americans. Let’s hope it persuades the Iraqis, too.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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