The speech lacked focus. He did not deliver it with much conviction, kept contrasting what happened “in the past” and how those days are over. His tone never wavered. He didn’t pause for effect. I don’t think he ever used the noun, “victory,” or any form of the verb, “to win.”
Don’t get me wrong, there were some good things it, especially the points he made about Pakistan, but it was as Charles Krauthammer put it, a “strange speech.”
UPDATE: I’m pretty happy with the president’s plan, saved for his insistence on an “Exit Strategy.” He just seemed too defensive and didn’t really make the case for this plan, doing more to respond to the naysayers, more like the way a blogger responds to a critical comment than to the way he writes a post.
UP-UPDATE: Krauthammer pretty much summarized my thoughts. Ok, right now, I really don’t watch to blog about this. May watch the second part of a miniseries about a more determined leader.