I thought it was a better than average presidential speech. I have such low expectations for Bush2 that it improved my perception of the president. I was disappointed, however, at the fact that he did not address the USA's presence in Saudi Arabia, which is allegedly why Bin Laden is striking out at the USA. Instead, he talked about how those people don't like our "freedom", etc. I don't think they dislike what we due IN this country as much as they dislike what we due OUTSIDE of it. I make no excuses for the terrorists, but I think the approach we are taking is myopic if we don't try to see things as people outside of the USA do. The bombing of the US embassies and the USS Cole were signs that we are under attack. Our arrogance and inability to understand how people in other cultures think (what they are willing to die for) lead us to believe that US soil was safe. With relatively open boarders and Bin Laden operatives already in our country, we can kill people in the Arabic/Islamic world but we won't be safe at home. We have to find a way, other than our military, to tap into the psyche in that part of the world. If we can gain some real friends in the Arab/Islamic world, it will help us immensely in the long-run.
As someone who was born in the Mid East 76 years ago ( American parents) let me add a word. The statement that they don't like our freedom is just politician talk by someone who is not particularly well informed on such things. Arabs and muslims are insulted and angered by what they see as our very loose morals, sexual freedoms, abortions, homosexual permissiveness etc. (as seen in movies and satellite TV). But the thing that most angers them is our support of Israel with our armaments and political support. Israel has taken Arab lands for its settlements and for all practical purposes has created a concentration camp for the Palestinians. Certainly, that is the way the Arabs see it. It is a sad fact that prior to the '67 war with Israel the US was one of the most liked foreign countries in the Mid East.