Dover Bitch

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Surrender watch: Veto Day

DB is keeping an eye on the "surrender" talk. The Bush strategy is clearly the same as Nixon's after it was already clear to him that the war in Vietnam was unwinnable: Paint the Democrats as the "party of surrender."

Pat Buchanan told Chris Matthews today that the GOP strategy would be to label the Democrats, the party of "defeat." That's no surprise. They've been using childish terms like "Defeatocrats" for a while now.

It should be clear by now to everybody not in the authoritarian assembly of the Right that the defeat we are facing in Iraq is political -- not military -- and falls squarely on the shoulders of the Bush administration and the Republican-controlled Congress that was ousted last November.

The troops did their jobs. Bush, Cheney, Condi, Hughes, Bremer, Wolfowitz, Perle, DeLay, Frist and Hastert failed at theirs.

But the latest word they've been shopping is "surrender." The question DB has is will the compliant media start using the term as well?

Here are the latest examples from the GOP:

“House Republicans will oppose any bill that includes provisions that undermine our troops and their mission, whether it's benchmarks for failure, arbitrary readiness standards or a timetable for American surrender,” said Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement this afternoon after the president issued the second veto of his tenure by rejecting the Democrats' plan for troop surrender...

"Today, with his veto, President Bush sent a clear message to our enemies - America will not surrender to al-Qaida in Iraq. My congressional colleagues should set aside partisan politics and give Gen. Petraeus and our men and women in battle the resources they need to win." -Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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