Survival guide for TONIGHT's speech

Before you grab that pint of gin & tonic and sit down to Bush's speech tonight, arm yourself with these morsels from around the web:

  • Iraq vet Paul Rieckhoff warns:
    "Mr. President, we don’t need to be told that the insurgents intend to shake our will, because we’ve... watched our friends sent home, changed forever. We don’t need to be told that your administration is committed to taking care of the Troops, because we’ve already gotten the bill you sent us for the meals we ate while recovering at Walter Reed."
  • Stephen Pizzo writes his own satirical Bush speech:
    "I ordered the military to go after the evildoers in Afghanistan and liberated that country from their grasp. It was so easy, and so popular. I hadn’t felt more capable or in control since my cocaine snorting days. My old smirk was back, my fake bow legged cowboy stroll returned, I was backslapping and getting backslapped like the good old days."
  • Read an excerpt of the speech at Capitol Buzz:
    "Amid all this violence, I know Americans ask the question: Is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it, and it is vital to the future security of our country. And tonight I will explain the reasons why."
  • John Kerry proposes the speech Bush ought to give:
    "The president must also announce immediately that the United States will not have a permanent military presence in Iraq. Erasing suspicions that the occupation is indefinite is critical to eroding support for the insurgency."
  • And Mike Surrusco asks some questions on Iraq he'd like answered in tonight's speech:
    "What is the administration doing about the continuous allegations about the waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq, especially with regard to Halliburton?"

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