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The Right Tone, The Right Substance

I don’t know that it was a perfect speech, but it’s hard to think of how Bush could be expected to do better. I think the direct appeal to the Iraqi people and military will be the most effective part — for the American people. It reinforced the the non-cowboy image and it underlined that Bush isn’t looking to kill anybody needlessly. I think as a matter of substance, it’s probably a mistake to limit the ultimatum to solely Saddam and his sons. However, limiting it to just three men, underscores how this is a war to get rid of a few selfish and brutal men.

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