How about at polipundit.com? Alexander McClure gave his analysis, noting, among other things:
3. Did he tie the Iraq War back to the War on Terror?
Yes, in a very eloquent conclusion, the President made the strongest case yet that the War on Terror will be fought and won, or fought and lost, in Iraq.
Overall, I thought it was an excellent speech. More on it later.
Lorie Byrd also added her thoughts here, starting with:
Excellent SpeechWow, I guess I missed a good one. OK, lets check Kos...I'm sure the view there must be just as positive:
I agree with Mort Kondracke that tonight’s was one of George Bush’s best speeches.
Fake applause; speech numbersDid the people at Kos watch the same speech? Hmmm. Better check CNN:
ABC's Terry Moran just reported that the only time Bush got applause was in the middle of his speech when a White House advance team member started clapping all on their own in order to cajole the soldiers into clapping, which they dutifully did. So even the applause was fake.
Seeking to turn around sagging public support for the war in Iraq, President Bush tonight told the American people that the sacrifices being made were "vital to the future security of our country."And right below the story are links to two polls titled "Poll: U.S. war confidence slides" and " Poll: Bush disapproval hits high".
Things look grim indeed. I bet the boys at powerline must be upset:
Clear, confident, substantive. There was nothing in it that we and our readers didn't already know, but the message is one that many rarely hear. And the networks all carried it after all. That's good; President Bush nearly always does well when people see him, instead of seeing Democrats talking about him, as they will on the evening news.
The only thing I thought was odd was the unnatural quiet in the hall. It was like the audience at a Presidential debate, which has been cautioned not to express approval or disapproval. Only at the end, apparently, were the soldiers permitted to applaud.
So I'm left asking: Is anybody really listening?