The president made a speech tonight but I didn’t see it because I was watching a scintillating scoreless draw at PPL Park between the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City. When I got home, the first thing I did was open my email, find the transcript of the speech, and read it. It was a good speech on paper, and I agreed with all of it, including the parts that were kind of wishful thinking, like that we respect all our citizens’ rights (except the one we’re trying to kill in Yemen) and we adhere to the rule of law (except when it’s inconvenient and Congress refuses to appropriate funds for the purpose).

In any case, he said all the right things. I wish we would draw down sooner in Afghanistan but I can live with this money graf:

Yet tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding. Fewer of our sons and daughters are serving in harm’s way. We’ve ended our combat mission in Iraq, with 100,000 American troops already out of that country. And even as there will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance. These long wars will come to a responsible end.

That’s what I need to believe. I’m impatient, as I am sure you all are, but slow progress is better than no progress at all.

I’m tired of listening to bullshit. And even this fine speech had too much bullshit for my taste. But it appeared to be pretty solid overall.

Did you watch it? What did you think?

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