I didn’t listen to the speech on the drive home yesterday, but I did read through it this morning. Here’s a quick summary:
My greatest responsibility is to protect you.
September 11, 2001
Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war.
Terrorists kill people.
Osama bin Laden is bad and wants to kill you.
Terrorists and insurgents
Support our Troops! Fly the flag.
Please join the Armed Forces.
Thank you very much.
Like I wrote a while back, Bush is again selling the war by tying it to September 11th and Osama Bin Laden.
Statistics: He referred to September 11th five times and alluded to it once. He used the words “terror” and “terrorism” eight times. He spoke of terrorists twenty-three times and insurgents only six times. (He must be trying to tell us that there are more terrorists in Iraq now than there are insurgents. It didn’t used to be that way, but… oh never mind.) Weapons of Mass Destruction were mentioned zero times.
We’ll have to wait for the poll results to see how this propaganda affects public opinion of the war.