I received an embargoed copy of the speech in advance and decided there was no need to tune in. As read, it was a boring mash-up of the Obama speech template.
Frankly, I don’t want to hear about the “end of the combat mission in Iraq.” Instead, I want to hear that all of our brave men and women in uniform are coming home, now.
Iraqis were being terrorized when we got there. They will be terrorized long after we turn off the lights.
And at some point, we will turn off the lights. When we do, we will have absolutely nothing to show for the thousands of American lives lost.
President George W. Bush’s justifications for going to war were to wipe out the mythical “weapons of mass destruction” and this whopper:
We fight them over there, so we don’t have to fight them over here.
Well, the terrorists are here.