Dan Balz, Washington Post, 6/29/05:
His critics long have accused Bush of falsely drawing a connection between Iraq and Sept. 11 as a way to justify the original decision to launch the war in Iraq. That was not the point Bush made last night.
George W. Bush, 6/28/05:
After September 11, I made a commitment to the American people: This Nation will not wait to be attacked again. We will take the fight to the enemy. We will defend our freedom…Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war.
So actually, “justifying the original decision to launch the war in Iraq” by “ drawing a connection between Iraq and Sept. 11” was what Bush did last night.