A reader writes about last night's awful address:

The president waits so long to speak to the public and when he speaks two points stand out:  First there is no recognition--not even the slightest--of any failure by his administration in the process.  Second he relies almost exclusively on fear to sell his medicine--not reason, not patriotism, not a sense that America as a nation will have to share some serious loss.

No accountability and fear: the two hallmarks of the Bush years. We truly need a real president soon.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.