It was quite a dizzying tightrope he walked and perhaps President Obama's multi-messaged speech with two-directional, murky Pisces Rising concerning the 'ending of combat operations in Iraq' didn't go over very well among his more discriminating listeners. Here's an article round-up of opinions for you including mention of one of my favorite topics when it comes to the US government - Orwellian Doublespeak:
Obama's Iraq Speech An Exercise in Cowardice and Deceit
By Bill Van Auken
The most chilling passage came at the end of the 19-minute speech, when Obama declared, "Our troops are the steel in our ship of state," adding, "And though our nation may be traveling through rough waters, they give us confidence that our course is true."
The Audacity of Cynicism
By Elise Hendrick
Barack Obama's Iraq speech - is an impressive entry in the annals of warpropaganda. In it, he glosses over a criminal war as 'a remarkable chapter'in US history, and creates the false impression that the occupation of Iraqis over. He places the responsibility rebuilding a society out of the rubblewe created on the shoulders of the Iraqi people.
The True Cost of the War
By Paul Craig Roberts
Obama's "end of Iraq war" speech must have shattered any remaining belief in him. Forced to appease both his supporters and the warmonger right-wing, who denounce him as a Muslim and a Marxist, Obama resorted to Orwellian Doublespeak.
Flying the Flag, Faking the News
By John Pilger
Loud noises from Washington about a US pull-out from Iraq are a poor disguise for America's determination to keep waging war. And the same sort of spin is at work here in Britain.
Here's the text of the President's speech in case you missed it in all its hazy glory.