There’s a lot going on here — patriotism, the NSA decision, the connection between Saddam and 9/11, America’s “soul” — but the sound bite is the line I quoted. The full transcript is here.

It ends with a question, the answer to which is in serious doubt even among righty bloggers. Foremost among them is Moran in this widely-linked piece which says it’s time to crap or get off the pot. The Commissar and Rusty are dejected too, as, of course, is the high priest of civilizational pessimism, Mark Steyn. Watching the clip, one gets the impression that Bush thinks staying put is, in itself, a form of victory instead of a mere precondition. His resolve is admirable, but it would be a lot more admirable if it applied not just to things we shouldn’t be doing, like pulling out, but to things we most assuredly should.

Fortunately, the news isn’t all bad.

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