Victory? Not Again . . .

Michael Kinsley reviews the Bush Administration's "victories".

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.

[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.

Of course, there are always some few people who think victory has been earned in the Marketplace.


  1. There's no doubt about it. Bush is a genius! A genius at disaster - how to create it and how to keep it going and how to call it something else - sugar coated crap is still crap.

  2. He predicted that "victory in Iraq will be a crushing defeat for our enemies"

    MB, I know you don't like this sort of thing, but I can't help myself...

    Dear God.

    Dear, dear, dear, God.

  3. 'Sa'right, BG. Expressions of dismay to the deities are inevitable when coming 'cross such "sugar coated crap".

    {shakin'head} eh...

  4. Its all so Orwellian isnt it?

  5. you can't question the leader...the leader is STRONG...resistance is futile...resistance is futile...

  6. As of today we have lost as many soldiers as the number who died on 9-11. Can the rest of them come home now? Basically the war has killed as many of our people as the terrorist did that awful day. What does that say about our "war on terra"?

  7. MB, I forgot to say earlier that I love your headline to this post:

    Victory? Not Again...


    pissed off patricia, I read awhile back that more people have been killed in Iraq than terrorists have EVER killed.

    What are we doing?

    What ARE we doing?

  8. We are on the path to victory. We are winning in Iraq. But there is more work to do."

    I am sooooo having a Brazil moment right now. Anybody remember the line where Mr. Helpman talks about the terrorists?

    "We're fielding all their strokes, running a lot of them out, and pretty consistently knocking them for six. I'd say they're nearly out of the game."


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