Cross posted from Article of Faith:
I love how this idiotic phrase has jumped into the lexicon, first uttered by General Peter Pace last week, and glommed onto by our Commander-in-Chief yesterday:
“We’re not winning, but we’re not losing.”
Er, no. This isn’t a game of Scrabble or tiddlywinks. This is WAR. The point of war is vanquishing your enemies by any means necessary. There are no ties in war. As Loren Thompson says in the article, if you can’t prove you are winning (making progress), then you’re losing.
One of my favorite writers Christian Parenti, writing in the Nation, argues that this entire hoopla is about setting up what is sure to labeled “defeat with honor”, a way to pull the plug on this catastrophe and still maintain some kind of semblance of honor and dignity in the world (though I would assert that won’t actually happen until January 20, 2009).
And that was the point of Bush’s press conference yesterday, where he delusionally jumped from “we’re not winning” to “victory is right around the corner” every other question. It was sad, really, watching the once self-assured cowboy from Texas, twist and choke on the cow chip sandwich he’s been forcing down the country’s throat the past six years.
Well, sad, but not really. Naturally he had to remind eveyrone what a complete doofus he actually is by concluding the press conference with this admonition for the American public, when asked what sacrifices we should make for Iraq and how to get our economy going again: “I encourage you all to go shopping more.”
Because nothing says “support the troops” quite like a binge at Wal-Mart.