updated 6/30/2005 10:58:32 AM ET 2005-06-30T14:58:32

5 p.m. ET

The President's speech last night was televised on Arabic television stations.  It was at 4 a.m. Baghdad time, so most people were probably asleep.  Still, many Iraqi bloggers have weighed in on what they heard, or read today in papers or online.

They are split, of course, on how helpful or hurtful the American occupation has been.   Juan Cole has a comment from a 58-year-old in Iraq who wishes Americans would make a timetable for departure.  At Iraq the Model, though, the blogger feels that the U.S. and Iraqis need to fight terrorism together.

I was doing some hunting for Iraqi websites, and I found one that was particularly moving.  It's called "Baghdad Girl," A 13-year-old's blog.  She doesn't discuss politics and rarely mentions war, but has many pictures of her cats whom she loves and writes some pretty poetry.  Here is one entry I found:

    People live, people die
    People laugh, people cry
    Some give up, some still try
   Others may forget but never will I.

Just imagine the memories she will have, the stories she will tell and hopefully write down someday.

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12  p.m. ET

In his speech last night at Ft. Bragg, President Bush again tied Iraq to 9/11 and mentioned Osama bin Laden's name twice.

Last week while I was putting together a segment on Karl Rove's comments to conservatives in New York, I read one blog that suggested the "9/11" references are the administration's panic button, a way to get America back on the war wagon by reminding them of the fear of terrorism.

Is that a valid criticism?  Some are saying that there was no new strategy unveiled last night, but a reinforcement of the need for resolve.  Is there a viable plan at work here, and will the American people buy it?  We'll discuss this today with Chuck Colson and Amb. Ed Peck.

And later, we are expecting a briefing from Homeland Security advisor Frances Townsend about changes in the intelligence community as recommended by the WMD commission convened in March.  We'll bring that to you as it happens and have analysis on the other side.

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Maciulis@MSNBC.com

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