Feel free to leave your comments “live” during the President’s speech tonight which begins at 9:00PM Eastern Time.
I will do a posting after the speech with my thoughts.
UPDATE: Some advance excerpts of the speech have been released…. The Corner has ’em.
On the challenges in Iraq:
“Some look at the challenges in Iraq, and conclude that the war is lost, and not worth another dime or another day. I don’t believe that. Our military commanders do not believe that. Our troops in the field, who bear the burden and make the sacrifice, do not believe that America has lost. And not even the terrorists believe it. We know from their own communications that they feel a tightening noose – and fear the rise of a democratic Iraq.”
On the consequences of withdrawal:
“It is also important for every American to understand the consequences of pulling out of Iraq before our work is done. We would abandon our Iraqi friends – and signal to the world that America cannot be trusted to keep its word . . . . We would hand Iraq over to enemies who have pledged to attack us – and the global terrorist movement would be emboldened and more dangerous than ever before.”