Kinda makes ya want the Chimperor to admit defeat already; step aside and let someone else, someone with a little comprehension of the English language perhaps, approach the "war on terror" from a different perspective. One which has a chance at attaining a resolution of the all the various political, cultural and economic issues boiling over throughout the world.
Of course, there are always some few people who think victory has been earned in the Marketplace.
[Link] On May 1, 2006, the third anniversary of "mission accomplished," McClellan was asked whether "victory" had been achieved in Iraq. He said, "We're making real progress on our plan for victory. . . . We are on the path to victory. We are winning in Iraq. But there is more work to do." Democrats should shut up because their criticism of the president "does nothing to help advance our goal of achieving victory in Iraq." (Once victory is achieved, presumably, it will be okay for Democrats to criticize.) And make no mistake, Bush said July 4: "When the job in Iraq is done, it will be a major victory.
On Aug. 28, criticizing "self-defeating pessimism," Cheney said there are "only two options in Iraq -- victory or defeat." On Aug. 31 Bush said that "victory in Iraq will be difficult, and it will require more sacrifice." He predicted that "victory in Iraq will be a crushing defeat for our enemies" -- which, as a tautology, is a safe bet.
Which brings us to last week, and Bush's television speech on the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. "Bush Says Iraq Victory Is Vital" was The Post's accurate headline. And Bush was eloquent. "Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more. . . ." Well maybe not that eloquent. But his point was the same as Henry V's: Don't give up now! "Mistakes have been made in Iraq," he conceded. He even conceded that "Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks." But let us not, for mercy's sake, learn anything from five years of experience. Instead, let's just pretend it all never happened. After all, we won this war back in 2003.