I had started typing notes, but his first line caught my attention: about bringing “this war to a successful conclusion.”
Will he ever say, “victory”?
Do appreciate that he said terrorists on 9/11 “murdered” Americans. But, wait, did he call them terrorists?
Yup, using the expression “terrorist network.” But, is at pains to talk about “international legitimacy.”
Also, he seems to be rushing this speech.
Why is he bringing it Iraq? And the rifts it caused? Bringing that war to a “responsible end.” Hasn’t yet used the word, “victory” or any form of the verb “to win.”
Like the line about “hard-earned milestones” in Iraq.
Back to typing notes for a later post, but I’ll just say that I’m really not liking this speech, it seems to be more about his decision-making process than about the decision itself. Has he yet said “defeat” Al Qaeda, focusing too much on turning over to Afghanis. Shouldn’t we first defeat Taliban/Al Qaeda, then turn it over? Did FDR turning over power to Germans before we had conquered the Nazis?