Even some conservative pundits seemed underwhelmed by Bush's speech.
Perhaps the most effective dissection of Bush's performance we've seen was at the hands of Slate's Fred Kaplan. Kaplan highlighted a slew of presidential "deceptions or delusions."
Here's the opening of Kaplan's critique:
President Bush's TV address [Thursday night] was the worst speech he's ever given on the war in Iraq, and that's saying a lot. Every premise, every proposal, nearly every substantive point was sheer fiction.
There's more—much more here. But none of it makes the president or his Iraq plans look good.