Peter Robinson listened (which I did not), and found it incoherent, grudging, and disgraceful.
Incoherent: The president argued that the war had represented a worthwhile cause, asserting that â€œWe have perseveredâ€¦because of a beliefâ€¦that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization.â€ Moments later, however, the president insisted that the war had instead been mistaken: â€œWe have spent a trillion dollars at warâ€¦This, in turn, has short-changed investments in our own people, and contributed to record deficits.â€ The president wants to have it both ways, associating himself with the victory we achieved in Iraq while distancing himself from the costs. As argument, this is incoherent. But of course it isnâ€™t argument. Itâ€™s cheap manipulation.
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Obama’s Speech 17:57 video