This is a very interesting presentation regarding changes in the world since 1960. Enjoy!
There is also an update to the original presentation.
If I might borrow TPM's video...
I especially like how, at around 4:45 left to play, it seems he gets confused whether to say "Petraeus" or "Betray-us".
But, on a slightly more serious note:
And tonight, our moral and strategic imperatives are one: We must help Iraq defeat those who threaten its future and also threaten ours....
Eight months ago, we adopted a new strategy to meet that objective, including a surge in U.S. forces that reached full strength in June. This week, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker testified before Congress about how that strategy is progressing....
The premise of our strategy is that securing the Iraqi population is the foundation for all other progress....
Anbar province is a good example of how our strategy is working....
General Petraeus also recommends that in December we begin transitioning to the next phase of our strategy in Iraq.
I don't care how many times you keep using that word, it still does not mean what you think it means.
Nothing he talked about amounts to a "strategy" yet. Piling on more troops is not a "strategy", not even a "tactic". It's a relic of good old attrition warfare.
Some say the gains we are making in Iraq come too late. They are mistaken. It is never too late to deal a blow to al Qaeda. It is never too late to advance freedom. And it is never too late to support our troops in a fight they can win.
Sounds like he's making his excuses in advance on the off chance we ever catch bin Laden, or even if he just eventually dies of natural causes: "See? We finally got him, seventeen years later! That's not too late. Right? Let that be a lesson to the evildoers in the world! Freeance! Peance!"
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