Is it just me or did Bush actually make sense last night? I oppose the war in Iraq. I oppose the reasons we went there in the first place, but I have wondered whether or not our presence there was making the situation worse, wether we should stay or pull out, and what would be more damaging. Does our presence cause more uprise in insurgents? But Bush made sense when he said terrorists don't stop terrorizing if you leave, they take over.
That having been said, however, Bush hopes to change my mind, and your mind, on the reasons we went to war in the first place. He admitted faulty intelligence information, but also that given the circumstances and information he has now he'd still go in and invade Iraq all over again. It's a shift away from the WMD issue, and into the benefits of a democratic government in the Middle East. He hasn't changed my mind. We should've been willing to work with the UN, and we should've been more thorough in our intelligence gathering before we invaded. Saddam should've had a trial through the UN instead of blasting the whole country into smitherines.
The truth is, though, present and future conditions in Iraq are going to determine how the American public views the President's decision to go there in the first place.