DO I HEAR AN ECHO? This morning, Charlie Sykes was commenting on last night's Iraq speech. He noted that President Bush might be warning the Maliki government to put it all on the line now or hope for the "tender mercies" of Dick Durbin and Nancy Pelosi. Advantage Cold Spring Shops.

The editorial board at the Chicago Tribune makes the same point, somewhat more subtly.
Wednesday night, the president made clear that "victory" is still in his vocabulary. It should be. Americans need a democratic Iraqi government, able to defend itself from extremists, in that difficult neighborhood. Iraq's leaders need to be much more aggressive in securing and building the new nation that they and their people need just as much.

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