Change in Strategy or 'Stay the Course': Which Is IT?
[Daimeon is now serving a free refills.]
The White House can’t seem to make up it’s mind whether it’s going to loose the slogan or continue down the same path of destruction. In the same article the Snow says the Presidunce doesn’t use ‘stay the course’ because it sends the wrong message that we don’t adapt our strategies on the battlefield but when asked about what changes will be made he simply says “no.”
I don’t even thing Faux News could spin this one. Though correct me if I’m wrong.
AP article from this morning:
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President
George W. Bush has retired his “stay the course” slogan
for Iraq, worried about its use as a
weapon against his Republican Party in November elections, the White House said.
“He’s stopped using it,” said spokesman Tony Snow. “It allowed critics to
say, well, here’s an administration that’s just embarked upon a policy and not
looking at what the situation is, when, in fact, it’s just the opposite.”
Opposition Democrats, hoping the unpopular conflict will help them take
control of the US Congress in the November 7 legislative elections, have used
the refrain in political advertisements accusing Republicans of sticking by a
failed policy for waging the war.
Bush, in a CNBC interview, said, “Well, I’ve been talking about a change in
tactics ever since I â€” ever since we went in, because the role of the commander
in chief is to say to our generals, `You adjust to the enemy on the
Showing progress in Iraq is critical because the approaching elections are
widely viewed as a referendum on the war.
Rumsfeld, in remarks at the Pentagon, said U.S. government and military
officials were working with Iraq to set a broad timetable for Iraqis to take
over 16 provinces still being controlled by U.S. troops. But he said officials
were not talking about penalizing the Iraqis if they don’t hit certain
“Are there dramatic shifts in policy? The answer is no,” Snow said.
He acknowledged, however, that Bush no longer is saying that the United
States will “stay the course” in Iraq.
“He stopped using it,” Snow said of that phrase, adding that it left the
impression that the administration was not adjusting its strategy to realities in Baghdad.
So with that we learn that the real change in strategy is just simply dropping the “Stay the Course” slogan Dear Leader has been using for the last 2 years while the country grows more and more disgruntled. Thanks! That clears things up.
The real question is will the sheeple notice this contradiction or will they suddenly all fall back on the side of the Bushians?
Last week Crooks and Liars had video of Tony Snow banging his head on the podium when one of the reporters asked him then what the difference beteween “tactics” and “strategy” were. Apparently to the White House there’s a big difference but it’s not quite clear.
1. (usually used with a singular verb) the art or science of disposing military or naval forces for battle and maneuvering them in battle.
2. (used with a plural verb) the maneuvers themselves.
3. (used with a singular verb) any mode of procedure for gaining advantage or success.
4. (usually used with a singular verb) Linguistics. a. the patterns in which the elements of a given level or stratum in a language may combine to form larger constructions. b. the study and description of such patterns.
Synonyms – See STRATEGY
Quick someone buy Tony a dictionary!
In other related news: Even Bush can’t keep his story straight (pun intended, check out the flag behind him, well, sort-of, but it’s still funny.)